BARBARA ALEGRE
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Background small wallpaper,  2014 Hand tracing with carbon paper on paper 50 x 54 cm

Background small wallpaper,  2014
Hand tracing with carbon paper on paper
50 x 54 cm

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Background 1,  2014 Hand tracing with carbon paper on paper 150 x 400 cm

Background 1,  2014
Hand tracing with carbon paper on paper
150 x 400 cm

This series is about the relegation - somewhere in the background - of the mother/father figures. Paradoxically, raising and educating are tasks as important as they are undervalued. These works aim to bring visibility to the silent and selfless task of transmitting generational values. 

The pieces are inspired - in meaning and aesthetics - by a fraction of a domestic wall: walls are the surfaces that remain discreetly ornamental, resilient, witnessing quietly the process of childrearing, generation after generation. The hand-made drawings in these works depict the very first portraits of children in the history of photography (1850), where an adult -most likely the mother- holds the child and hides herself from the camera, coming across like a ghost. Thus, the protagonist becomes the fleeting element that refuses to go away, the remains of a generation that hides and, in turn, prevails.

Background 2,  2014 Oil on several wood panels 75 x 85 cm

Background 2,  2014
Oil on several wood panels
75 x 85 cm