Barbara Viel wins the XIII Certamen de Artes Plásticas organised by the City Council of Inca

Nov 18, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The Sa Quartera Art Centre has been the setting for the unveiling, once again this year, of the winning work of the Jueves Bo – La Constancia Centro Instructivo Plastic Arts Competition, now in its thirteenth year. “The Plastic Arts Competition is consolidating year after year. The quality of the works presented increases with each edition. In recent years we have had the participation of artists of renowned prestige and trajectory, which makes this artistic award acquiring notoriety and is positioning itself as a national benchmark with the presence of artists from all over Spain, “says the councillor of the City Council of Inca, Helena Cayetano.

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In this way, the Mayor of Inca, Virgilio Moreno, accompanied by the Councillor for Education, Helena Cayetano, the Councillor for Thursday Bo, Antoni Peña, and other members of the council presented the award to Barbara Viel for her work entitled “La máquina del Siglo XXI” (The machine of the 21st century).

The winning work is a composition that combines mixed media and oil on canvas, seeking social criticism of the current times of change where the future is uncertain and that as humans we observe “between apathy or fury, between expectation or disillusionment”, in the words of the artist. In addition, she also wants to reflect on the fear which we have settled since 2020 and questions the idea of progress associated with the 21st century, she distinguishes between technological progress and what she calls “social regression” caused by a process of elitist globalisation. Inequalities, the systematic violation of human rights, climate change… with this work the artist wants to echo various elements that affect society and advocates equality as a value of change at the beginning of the third millennium.

Barbara Viel was born in Nantes (France) in 1971. After graduating in applied arts in Paris, she began to travel and chose Mallorca as a place to settle (she currently lives in Sineu). Here she discovered printmaking at the Miró Foundation in Palma. He continued to travel and lived in Tokyo, Budapest, Paris, Bangkok and Lisbon, where he further developed as a professional and artist. In his work, he deals with social issues that he considers important for our societies. Above all, he is concerned with human dignity, conflicts fuelled by inequalities and the resulting exile.

A total of 46 artists took part in this edition of the competition, consolidating the high level of participation obtained in recent years from both local and peninsular artists. In addition to the winning work, the exhibition will showcase the works of a total of 16 finalists.

The exhibition can be visited at the Sa Quartera Art Centre until 14th January, Thursdays and Fridays from 5.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.