Calling Home is an audiovisual project based on the personal experience of twin sisters Gema and Mònica del Rey Jordà (Art al Quadrat) who will be separated in the week of the residency. During this period Gema will sojourn in Kassel where she will live Documenta 13 and all the parallel activities. Meanwhile Mònica will remain in Sagunt, their hometown, preparing her PhD thesis on twin artists.
During the time twin sisters correspond daily via online video letters in which they will establish a dialogue leading to new audiovisual works that recount their parallel days. These letters have been the umbilical cord linking the two episodes.
Based on personal experience, Calling Home speaks of the importance of interconnection between two people who need to keep a regular correspondence. The video raises contrasting themes such as the familiar and unfamiliar, being at home and being abroad, etc., presenting duality as a metaphor of life. The contrast between the two societies, German and Spanish, is obvious in the different ways in which culture, leisure and everyday life are portrayed.
This idea leads to a collaboration across cultures and a non-exclusive game of dualities: universality/specificity. What connects everyone all together in spite of the cultural differences but at the same time creates a universal positioning? And what characteristics make a culture unique? Twin sisters discuss the potential poles arising from the connection between Kassel and Sagunt (Germany and Spain), such as the contrast between tradition and innovation, local and global culture, an internal and external perspective, or how the unknown may become known by a journey of this kind into a new culture.
The project is a version of twin sisters’ work At a Distance of 2143 km. Return Journey. It was created in 2009 and it was a work in process that had been produced over a four-month period, during which time and according to plan a tape had travelled (by post) five times from Vienna to Sagunt and four times from Sagunt to Vienna (spending two weeks in each place for the reply to be produced). The nine journeys correlate with nine audiovisual excerpts that last between three and seven minutes each and which reflect the contrasting summers of Vienna and Sagunt.
Visual artists and twin sisters who in 2002 set up the art group Art al Quadrat with which they present work in video, installations, photography, both nationally and internationally. Their work is split along two lines: one about their own personal world, which includes autobiographical reflections and the other which results in critical and committed work of a social nature. They were awarded with fellowships to study and research in Finland, Mexico, Austria and the UK. They have participated in art competitions such as, Cool stories III. Art Port Making Waves (2011), Open Artsway 2010 (UK), Il corpo solitario, 2003 (Italy) Afetos roubados (Brazil) 2005-06 amongst others. Art al Quadrat is represented by Coll Blanc Gallery in Culla (Castellón)
Art al Quadrat: Calling Home / zu Hause anrufen. 2012-06-26