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L'altra condició

Online exhibition
Exhibition announcement
Exhibition announcement
Obra guanyadora. Carlos Sáez, ARM, 2019
Obra guanyadora Premi Col·lecció Cañada Blanch 2020
Carlos Sáez, ARM, 2019. Braç mecànic i resina. Dimensions variables


The online exhibition “La otra condición” (Spanish for “The other condition”) is the presentation and public expression of the Cañada Blanch Collection Award, which is now in its seventh consecutive edition. We are convinced that the collaboration and support between public and private institutions is one of the best formulas to make possible and strengthen the challenges that arise in the sector of cultural management and diffusion. In this case, this annual call is possible thanks to the agreement of the Universitat de València and the Cañada Blanch Foundation, institutions that participate and are committed to the different expressions of contemporary culture together with the Association of Contemporary Art Galleries of the Valencian Community (LaVac), an entity currently made up of eighteen contemporary art galleries that, despite the difficulties of the sector, continue to generate, year after year, a wide artistic map, through their respective programmes, bets and artists.


Exhibition proposal


When we perceive reality as a game of representations, we are not only evidencing that we understand the world in its more or less playful heterogeneity, but we also propose that subjectivity invades the gaze, thrown, so to speak, on things, objects, on our environment in general. But, in addition, we also understand that this reality is not independent of the subjective, since, if it were that way, we would be talking about a spectral, phantasmagoric existence. Therefore, it is through our sensitive structure, as subjects, that we have knowledge of the world.
The operation described above, which corresponds to the Kantian paradigm, returns repeatedly to the first line of thought and reflection if, as is the case, art places us before reality, witnessing it as part of it, apprehending it sensorially in the line of what the philosopher of Königsberg called the "a priori forms" of our sensibility: space and time. To the second, the creative itinerary shaped in the 6th edition of the Cañada Blanch Collection Prize (2019) was dedicated, a path of paused time, inserted in the need for an unpronounceable criticism of our accelerated post-modern lifestyles. It was, to a great extent, a questioning that tried to provide arguments and meanings from the alternatives that art offers and anticipates.
Now, from this new edition of the Prize, which takes up again the agreements between the Association of Contemporary Art Galleries of the Valencian Community, the Cañada Blanch Foundation and the Universitat Politècnica de València, with the coordination and promotion of the Universitat de València's La Nau Cultural Centre, and that will be developed in the context of global health circumstances that the human species is having to face, we propose an approach to the notion of space, that other condition of possibility for knowledge that, today, perhaps more experienced in its daily determination than in the breadth of its theoretical classicism, has suddenly occurred in our societies and personal behaviour.
In that sense, rewriting from art the Kantian duality exposed in its transcendental aesthetics, and accompanying the already habitual, frequent, daily, current present, we not only match what will be the last two editions of the Prize, but, just looking around us, space should be the other condition, necessary, that as intuition will be part of every artistic creation and intellectual and sensitive reception. Space will then condition everything that sensitivity itself is given. And art will express it by having it, if you like, as an always relative gravitational place, where different modes of that space are located, different questions of that other condition of possibility, configuring, under this interpretation, a plurality of approaches: the space of representation of the work of art itself, that of the art gallery as a continent, that of La Nau as a reference, the virtual space as an effective environment for the exhibition of the selected works, that of the catalogue as a re-presentative publication, and, finally, a space of reclusion or confinement transformed into a fruitful internment of enjoyment, that is, indissolubly linked to the awareness of living art by virtue of its insertion in every exploratory, revolutionary, cognitive and intimate process.
Ricard Silvestre
Universitat de València - Estudi General
The jury is formed by:
•     José María Lasalle (escritor)
•     Luisa Espino, (crítica d'art)
•     Manel Costa, (Membre del Patronat de la Fundació Cañada Blanch)
•     Juan Viña (President de la Fundació Cañada Blanch)
•     Paula Sánchez (Directora de la Fundació Cañada Blanch)
•     Norberto Piqueras (responsable d'exposicions Centre Cultural La Nau de la Universitat de València) 
•     Alba Braza, (crítica d'art) 

Participating galleries (17):


Luis Adelantado
The Blink Project
SET Espai d’Art
Galeria Punto
Canem Galeria
Rosa Santos
Galeria Cuatro
IB ISABEL BILBAO  Galería de Arte
Galeria Benlliure
Galeria Vangar
Espai Tactel
Alba Cabrera Art Contemporani
Shiras Galeria
Galeria Thema
La Merceria
Plastics Murs