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Being alive was about moving
Javier de Juan - Visual artists in the light programme

29, 30 and 31 October
From 8pm to midnight

Façade of Casa América

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This piece forms part of the Contemporary Invaders project commissioned by Julieta de Haro, which recognises the value that new spaces hold for transformation, experimentation and conquest. Creators become invaders of the façades of some of the capital’s most emblematic buildings. The cultural heritage of these structures — and the life they house within — expands symbolically outward from a contemporary perspective, in an allegory of both the past and the present.

The expression of life through movement. This artist brings us urban figures from different social and cultural backgrounds that dance, walk and move across the façade of the Casa América building, as symbols of life in the big city. These human figures are examples of resilience and determination in this neuronal hub — the concept and image of a city — where people from multiple ecosystems converge.

As an artist who has been studying and capturing movements in the city for decades, Javier de Juan presents a visual loudspeaker, bringing figures that walk and dance with ease as symbols of the life that buzzes in the capital.

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Casa América: the Linares Palace stands on the site of the former Silver Windmills of the 17th-century Royal Grain Warehouse of Madrid. Constructed between 1877 and 1900, the Neo-Baroque building was closed and unused for almost a century. In 1992, it was reopened as Casa América: a space for art, culture and fostering the relationship between Spain and Latin America.

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