The 1936 coup d’état and the ensuing civil war splintered reality, the pieces scattering across complex [in]exiles, disappearances, silences… faltering and inconclusive narratives, fertile, multifocal and widespread memories that pulse and throb today, cross-examining the present and managing to distort a univocal, hegemonic gaze. Eighty years on from the end of the Spanish Civil War, the drive of the silenced once again challenges linear history and its ellipses. Thus, the programme Return to the Future? starts from an analysis of three different stages: the Dictatorship, the Transition and Democracy in Spain, reactivating critical power and confronting logics of memory from a present that strikes up a dialogue between accounts of the past and visions of possible futures.
María Cerdá Acebrón (Madrid, 1984) is a visual artist, researcher and teacher who currently lives and works in Mexico City. In recent years she has been working on an interdisciplinary project called Recuerdos del futuro, based around the visual memory of Republican exile in Mexico from a third-generation perspective.
Joan E. Garcés (Lliria, Valencia, 1944) is a jurist and political scientist who holds a PhD in Political Sciences from Sciences-Po and Sorbonne University, Paris, and a Degree in Law from the Complutense University of Madrid. He was personal adviser to Chilean President Salvador Allende from 1970 to 1973. In 1999 in the Swedish Parliament he received the Right Livelihood Award in recognition of his work in the defence of international law and human rights.
Eulàlia Grau (Terrassa, 1946) is an artist whose work documents the weakness, contradictions and perversities of the capitalist system in more obvious perpetuation mechanisms such as the police, the army and prisons, and other more subtle ones like family, school and the media. Among other issues, her concerns centre on gender critique, calling out the situation of abuse and inequality for women and questioning female stereotypes in the public and private sphere.
Jesús Marchante (Alcázar de San Juan, Ciudad Real, 1954) and Horacio Sainz (Madrid, 1953) are members of La Comuna, an association of ex-prisoners and victims of political reprisals from Francoism, set up in the spring of 2011. The association takes its name from the communes that organised resistance in prisons and is made up of a broad range of people who suffered reprisals during the Franco regime and others acutely aware of the ideology of truth, justice and remediation vindicated by the association.
Ramón Mateos (Madrid, 1968) is a visual artist, curator and teacher who currently lives and works in Madrid. For many years he has been working on a project to create collaboration networks with other collectives and artists. His most recent output prompts the spectator to reflect on their position as a citizen, assess their capacity to act and become aware of what surrounds them, as well as evaluating their potential to change their environment.
Ana Navarrete Tudela (Valencia, 1965) is a visual artist, teacher and researcher who currently lives in Cuenca, working as a senior lecturer in the Art Department at the Facultad de Bellas Artes. She is also head researcher of Subproyecto2 from AEMA (the Spanish Archive of Media Art) and director of MIDECIANT (the International Electrography Museum – Centre of Innovation in Art and New Technologies), with her academic interest focusing on cultural practices of social resistance and the analysis of gender identity and violence against women.
Paula Rubio Infante (Carabanchel, Madrid, 1977) is a visual artist who lives in Asturias. She is currently working on the project Esto es un agujero, for which she obtained a 2019 Visual Arts Grant from the Community of Madrid. In 2018 she published Castillo negro. Sucesos creativos en torno al Sanatorio Psiquiátrico Penitenciario de Carabanche via a 2017 Creation Grant, again from the Community of Madrid.