Antoni Muntadas
Spain, 1942
The work of Antoni Muntadas (Barcelona, 1942) offers a critical reflection on the economic, media and linguistic mechanisms that underpin contemporary societies. The artist uses a methodology that involves observing and documenting processes of conflict which highlight tensions between forms of power that impose their strategies and a collective reality that resists them. Some of the main issues he has tackled in his work are the role of the media in ‘constructing’ parallel and skewed realities, the city as a place of disorientation or as a setting for fierce territorial disputes, and the paradoxes of translation from a broad, complex perspective, an issue he addresses in the series ‘On Translation’ (1995-2012). Muntadas has also explored artistic media that reflect the public nature of his work, including television, which has been the focus of several of his projects—La televisión (1980) and TVE: primer intento (1989), among others; the internet, in pioneering projects in the field, such as The File Room (1994); urban space, in interventions like This is Not an Advertisement (1985) and Marseille: Mythes et Stéréotipes (1992-1995); and various public-use structures, including a train station in On Translation: El tren urbano (2005), a newsstand-bar in Distrito Uno (1976), and various shopping centres in CEE Project (1989-1998).
Valentín Roma