1st SESSION: September 2006
FundaciÃ³ Pilar i Joan MirÃ³ a Mallorca, Palma de Mallorca, SPAIN
The first session of Self-portraits Project were made between magic in the San BoterÂ workshop at the Pilar and Joan MirÃ³ Foundation in September 2006 as part of its Annual Workshop Programme. This session was attended by three young artists who had received the Graphic Arts Award 2006, as well as artists from Barcelona, LeÃ³n, Madrid and Palma de Mallorca from various disciplines including photographers and graphic designers.
The FundaciÃ³ Pilar i Joan MirÃ³ a Mallorca was founded following the donation by Joan MirÃ³ and his family to the city of Palma, in 1980, of four studio workshops where he had worked intensely from 1956 until his death, so that they could become a stimulus for future generations of artists.
MirÃ³ expressed a desire for the spirit of creativity and transgression to live on after his death and, with Son Boter. The workshops have conserved that desire to act as a springboard for experimentation in a wide diversity of artistic fields. Year after year, in this privileged setting, young artists and other more established ones carry out pro- jects, exchange ideas and share their creative experiences. The FundaciÃ³ Pilar i Joan MirÃ³ has enabled numerous artists to work in its engraving, lithography, silkscreen, ceramics and photography workshops and, recently, it has opened its doors to new technologies and incorporated digital printing systems. In this way, more traditional artistic ideas and daring experimental investigation can both coexist within the same framework. The goal that has characterized all these years of constant effort, which we still pro- pose today, is a careful balance between memory and innovation: that is, a respect for traditional techniques in conjunction with an intense desire for contemporaneity.
Joan Oliver ArgelÃ©s
Julio LeÃ³n Aguilera
Jorge Cabral Tejero
Sergio Del RÃo
MarÃa Eugenia LÃ³pez-RodÃ³ Pons
Eva SantÃn Alvarez