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  Esther Ferrer (France)

Esther Ferrer strictly dissociates that core of the artistic work from all shapes of happenings or any other type of standing born in the XX century. Her actions deal with single subject; they are reduced to the extreme; they are not shows; they are not fiction; they are always anchored in the reality while being artificial and in a new context. They represent nothing. Their emptiness and absurdity turn the viewer into an interpreter; they submerge her/him in a process of interpretation. Even if the viewer behaves reluctantly or even leaves, she/he continues participating actively. (...) Helga de la Motte “Rationality and unpredictability” – from the catalogue.

Performances have been Esther Ferrer's principal form of artistic expression since 1966. Her work, both as a soloist and as a member of the group ZAJ, has always been oriented to ephemeral artistic action rather than to permanent artistic production. She created, in collaboration with the painter José Antonio Sistiaga the first "Workshop for Free Expression" in the 1960s, an activity that was to inspire other similar groups in Spain. Other visual art projects include reworked photographs, installations, canvases and constructions based on the prime number series. Her work is a very particular kind of minimalism, which she sometimes terms "rigorous absurdity".

She has performed throughout Europe as well as in Cuba, the United States, Canada, Japan and Korea. In 1999 she was one of the two artist representing Spain in the Venice Biennale.

The Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art
The Canadian Art Database: Canadian Artist Files

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