SOUL

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“Marti’s work emerges from a strong creative and contemporary actuality where the classical borders between different disciplines cross over, fusing to create art that touches our deepest senses. As spectators we do not remain indifferent.” Charo Otegui, director Royal Academy of Spain in Roma, 2008

“The starting point of Francesca´ Marti’s work is often the emotional result of a personal link between the artist and those who would later on pose for her.  Holding her camera in one hand, Marti builds up settings and creates situations in which her collaborators are involved in an artistic game of mutual seduction, leading to that snapshot of a spontaneous movement, an emotion or an expression which captivates her. Faces, attitudes, gestures, parts of the body, textiles, objects… anything can become art in her hands.”
Pilar Ribal, curator and art critic, Spain

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“Thoughts that come and go, sometimes uncontrolled, invading the mind and inundating the soul.” Francesca Marti

“From behind a virtual screen, Martí uses digital photography, painting and video to construct a scenic space which is boundless, like life itself. Her urgent creativity beats out its own expressive path. In one of her videos, the outline of a man moves through five screens, setting before us the liturgy of his dance. It is a solemn, measured exercise with musical accompaniment, through which Francesca Martí allows us to approach the soul at the heart of everything.” Manuel Romero, Dancing in full flight, Madrid, December 2006

“Marti’s work emerges from a strong creative and contemporary actuality where the classical borders between different disciplines cross over, fusing to create art that touches our deepest senses. As spectators we don’t remain indifferent.” Charo Otegui, Director Spanish Royal Academy, Rome

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“Martí removes the boundaries between classical music and art, painting live on stage during the concert. She engages you in a confrontation of pictorial music with a musical picture on screen.” Eric Lonbois, Accenture Belgium from his introduction to the painted performance and video by Francesca Martí and the Orchestra of the LowLands conducted by Walter Proost, Brussels, 2006.

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Pienso que este es el proyecto con el que Francesca Martí inicia una complejidad formal en sus trabajos que después ha venido desarrollando en el resto de las obras que viene realizando hasta hoy.

La artista por vez primera trabaja sobre una gran pantalla en lienzo sobre la que aparecen una serie de figuras y sus sombras, que han sido realizadas a través de tecnicas tan diferentes como la fotografia, el grabado, la pintura, y el video, incorporando además una composición musical especialmente inspirada en la obra. El hayazgo de este atrevimiento y valentía, es decir la concordancia de estas cinco técnicas y la perfección formal con que nos llegan contribuyen a mostrarnos una especial coreografía en la que brilla en alto grado de contenida emoción  el alma de la vida, ese eslabón de cierta tensión espiritual que la artista no deja de perseguir.

Por otro lado Soul fue creada para representar a España en la X Biennale Internacional de el Cairo. Acompañada de grandes fotografias Brigitte I y Brigitte II, en las que un sugerente rostro femenino, de distanciada mirada, aparece entre los trazo rojos y negros que la artista ha realizado con pintura.

Manuel Romero del libro Borders of Reality.

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By Francesca Marti. Part of Exhibition Soul. First Prize winner at Bienal International El Cairo 2006.
200x500cm photography, painting, music and video projection.