Now in its 23rd edition, HOME has recently announced the festival details for their ever popular ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2017. It is a venue-wide celebration of film, theatre and visual arts across the Spanish-speaking world.
If you want to find out more about the 18 days of festival fun (running Fri 31 Mar – Mon 17 Apr) then click on this link to go to the HOME ¡Viva! webpage to download a calendar or festival brochure, or to watch the 2017 ¡Viva! trailer.
To coincide in HOME’s gallery space, Visual Arts Director, Sarah Perks will curate a major new contemporary art exhibition that reacts to the counterculture movement – La Movida madrileña (14 April – 17 July 2017):
‘This pioneering contemporary visual art group exhibition takes the artistic and socio-cultural movement La Movida (literally “the movement”) of post-Franco Spain as its thematic heart. Suddenly the forbidden arenas of politics and sexuality are open season for public debate and creative communities. Excess, clubbing, drugs, artistic freedom, gay rights, pornography and more all collided in an outpouring of freedom from suppression and a desire for making up on lost time in the early 80s in Madrid.
The exhibition sets new commissions reacting to the movement alongside existing international works that explore major conceits of La Movida less directly including freedom & excess, hedonism and trangression. Forty years since the transition to democracy, the exhibition and its related films, performance and literature present a re-imaging of a movement with a strong contemporary artistic and socio-political resonance today.’
There’s also a new accompanying publication to go alongside the exhibition: Dark Habits, taking its inspiration from the classic Pedro Almodóvar film of the same name. Here, ‘nineteen contributors explore freedom and indulgence, hedonism, transgression, sex and moral conventions through short stories, poetry, essay, experimental writing and flash-fiction in this standalone alternative to a rigid exhibition catalogue and the latest in the exploratory HOME publishing stable.’
Click on this link for the full list of contributors, and to find out more about the book.