Matadero Madrid center for contemporary creation

La hoja. An intervention in the space of FAHR 021.3

To 15 January 2023

Tuesday to Thursday from 5pm to 9pm. Monday closed
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 12noon to 9pm


Free entrance

Nave 17. Nave una

Curated by Javier Peña Ibáñez

Over the course of the last few years, Intermediae's Nave 17 has been a space in which different artists and architects have been invited to participate. In dialogue with the architecture in which it is contained, the historic building of the old Legazpi Slaughterhouse, FAHR presents this new piece, La hoja. The prototype of this piece was originally designed for the public space, for the street, and was only intended to be temporary. Now, however, the intervention has taken on a greater dimension and is envisaged as an open experiment, an activity with no instructions for use in the context of the creation centre.

La hoja is one of those inclusive and non-productive spaces of calm and beauty that enhance the collective and relationships, that are part of what is common to all of us. It is a place where you can spend time, where you can programme, where everyone can write their own little story through an experience, no matter how short it is. The simplicity of the lines, the almost-empty, the light and ecological, the non-standardised. It is a space-workshop, conceived for a diverse and heterogeneous public, whose design is completed through experiences and diverse and free uses. In search of surprise, welcome, with the gesture of an open hand. Open to action and the coexistence of the many different kinds of things that take place on this illuminated plane, in this place.

We are currently witnessing a certain scenario of exhaustion in terms of the kind of activities that are situated in the interstitial spaces between architecture and design, between art and architecture, urban planning and activism: actions, pilots, rehearsals, prototypes. For one reason or another, the prototypes do not develop into more meaningful experiences. The structures on which they are intended to act are weighty, and the inertia is enormous, leaving them unaffected. A new look at the ambition and vocation of art has not yet found sufficient consensus to consolidate its basic concepts, methodologies and aesthetics. Or so it would seem. From the conventional and established, these activities are read as scenographies. Seen from this perspective, the idea of representation in art remains intact.

Fair enough. Let's do it again and in another way. La hoja is all about insisting on the possibility of thinking stubbornly but sensitively about the public space as a place in which to meet. A space of culture as a place that is not finished, not conclusive, not entirely determined, in which someone, something, is always missing. And on this occasion, to stage the opening, to become a gap into which others can fit. A concave theatre. In the irrelevance of the playful or in the time of the irrelevant, something happens that links and connects us.

FAHR 021.3 is an experimental architecture studio that has won international prizes. Its work focuses primarily on Art and Architecture. Founded in 2012 by Filipa Frois Almeida (Halle, 1981) and Hugo Reis (Guimarães, 1986), both architecture graduates from Porto?s Escola Superior Artística. Their activities seek a balance between the clarity and simplicity of concepts and the complexity of the contexts in which they are inscribed. Through its practice, Fahr 021.3 raises a new question: with projects of resounding synthesis that cut to the core; or by introducing large-scale elements that contrast with the landscape like a giant trompe l'oeil.

Javier Peña Ibáñez (1985, Logroño), architect, curator, researcher, teacher and consultant in architecture, design and the city. Director of Logroño?s International Festival of Design and Architecture, Concéntrico, since 2015, he has curated the Biennial La Forêt Monumentale for the Mètropole Rouen Normandie, the architecture programme of the Biennial of Contemporary Art of Maia, the Urban Design Festival of the City Council of Pontevedra or the Arquia Foundation?s 4th Arquia/Next Festival..


IIntervention in Space: FAHR 021.3
Curator: Javier Peña Ibáñez
Assembly: Gerardo Gorris Escamilla
Lighting design: Carlos Alzueta Bengoetxea
With the collaboration of Garnica

The wood used to build this installation plays a fundamental role in the circular economy, given that it is renewable, recyclable, reusable and biodegradable. The wood supplied by Garnica promotes the use of local materials from nearby plantations and forests, thereby contributing to the generation of benefits for rural areas, without which it is not possible to understand the social and cultural landscape.