In all city centres everywhere, as is happening here in San Sebastian, the sight of big chains doing away with small, local businesses is the clearest and most visible example of the future in store for us. The implementation of a unique model, where anything goes, and which sacrifices diversity and values of all kinds in its path, while destroying the past.
We want to bring to the centre of the city, to the shop windows of the most commercial streets, the most interesting work of artists and designers working in the outskirts of the city.
Proving wrong the old chestnut that says, THERE’S NOTHING WE CAN DO because with everybody’s help, THERE IS SOMETHING WE CAN DO.
The first window display was last September 18th, we occupied the window display of Casa Susperregui, a lingerie shop since 1930, where we exhibited Foto Ramblas, a collection of photos taken in the studio/laboratory of the same name, which was in middle of the Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, from the mid 1950s until 1998.
In the night world from the '70s and '80s, many of the longings of Spanish society were revealed: vedettes, comedians, musicians, singers and other artists fed the desire for liberalization. The theatrical poses and their extreme nakedness stand out in the series, they provoke and face the moral and correcting parameters of the society at that time. In the areas surrounding the Ramblas were the locales of the most famous theatre and variety shows of the city, a paradigm of the modernization of Spanish society.
In this shop window, we saw portraits of women and showgirls. A way of life and a way to capture images and take photos using analogue photography which is today virtually extinct.
The dancers Myriam Perez Cazabon and Leire Otamendi gave a performance.
After this action the Foto Ramblas photo collection can be visited in the RQER creation space in Paseo de Bizkaia 6, San Sebastián.
We’ll keep you informed of the dates of the events being held in shop windows, we already have confirmed Oddity, Ricardo Optico and La Esperanza, which will be in mid-October.
Pourquoi est-ce important
We want to invite to our citizens to move away from the norm, to go further, offering them other ways of living and consuming. We need to keep our minds wide open, instead of blindly following what is laid down before us.
We want to pay tribute to people who are passionate about their work. Photographers, dancers, designers ... to all those people who persevere in what they do. Showing commitment is building a better world, a space for ourselves, in this world so deteriorated.
To reoccupy the idea of being committed to something, of taking part, of fighting with thought.
“There is no new creation which is not built on tradition, just as there is no tradition which lives on without the sap of creation”
- Carlos Fuentes, Mexican writer, intellectual and diplomat as well as Cervantes Award winner.
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In 2006, Eva Villar founds RQER (on and on; spanish expression) in San Sebastian, her hometown. RQER is an exhibition space where art & communication meet together. On the one hand we have the art world in its purest state and on the other hand, we have what you would call commercial art or design. Something very interesting is happening halfway between these two trends. We have reached the point where designers collaborate with artists, as they move away from the pure commercial element, and artists absorb the new trends…
Eva Villar, has worked as a creative professional in London, Milan, Paris, New York, Madrid, Barcelona and San Sebastián; for brands and people such as the Gucci Group, Stella McCartney, Marks & Spencer, Swatch Group or Loewe.
Santos Montes, he is one of the most recognized spanish photographer.
Foto Ramblas, This photographic collection has been exhibited in the Canal de Isabel II in Madrid, in the Tate Modern in London, in Galería dels Angels in Barcelona and Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery in Brighton, UK.
Myriam Perez Cazabon, is a very important choreographer, who have been working in Berlin for so many years, and she came back to San Sebastian a few years ago.
Juan Ugalde, lives between El Escorial and Berlin. He started exhibiting in Madrid in the early 1980s. His paintings of those years contained acid colours and delirious narratives, in which he overlapped elements of comics and diverse realisms. In 1986 he moved to New York, where he stayed until 1989. Back in Spain he founded with the artist Patricia Gadea and the poet Dionisio Cañas, among others, the Estrujenbank collective. From 2001 onwards, and in parallel to his pictorial work, he started doing video projects and installations that are gradually gaining more importance.
Iker Spozio, is italian and he's currently living in San Sebastián. His work features abstract, geometric compositions made with ancient and traditional techniques and has been shown worldwide (Seoul, San Francisco, Moscow, Tokyo, London, Bilbao, Rome ...).