Thru 30 March 2012
First solo exhibition by Daniela Ortiz (Cuzco, Peru, 1985) in àngels barcelona. Her work aims to create, without
complacency, a space of tension that explores concepts such as race, class, or nationality, revealing society to be a
structure based on inclusion and exclusion.
Inversión addresses two main issues related to today's economic crisis that affect Spain, in particular. These are: the
fast rise of unemployment rates and changes in migration fows. This exhibition debates the political and economic
factors behind this situation. Many political parties believe immigrants residing in Spain to be one of the problems
affecting the nation's economic recovery. This discourse argues that many immigrants take advantage of the state's
social services, or that they “take jobs away from Spaniards”.
At the same time, during the last year the Spanish population has begun to see emigration to Germany or the United
Sates as a possibility in their search to improve their personal economy.
In this project Daniela tries to invert the migratory movements of workers that was common prior to the global economic
crisis. The project consists of: a job placement advertisement, text from immigration laws, and 11 photographic images
and flmed interviews of the job candidates. The work has entailed advertising, in Spain, a real job to be flled in Peru.
Of the eleven candidates, shown in the gallery, one will be selected for the job. The vacancy is related to the
construction sector, one of the sectors most negatively affected by the current economic crisis in Spain.
As an annex, the immigration laws that are on display allow visitors to analyze current policies from Colombia, Brazil,
Peru, Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador. Like Spanish policy, these laws are subject to the country's economic situation.
This demonstrates that migratory movements, and their control, depends entirely on economic factors, no on social
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We are interested in projects that, departing from a certain scepticism, are based on critical practices directed towards artistic mediums and discourses/languages that, from within the art world and the media, codify society. The works necessarily engage structural levels, questioning their own value as products that integrate themselves into a productive sphere, such as the arts.