Espacio P. 1981—1997
Espacio P was founded back in 1981 in a ground floor premises at number 11, Calle Núñez de Arce, in the centre of Madrid, near Plaza Santa Ana. During its first year it was used for rehearsals and workshops in all kinds of practices related with the body, like corporal expression, performance and dance. Afterwards, its founder, the multi-faceted multimedia artist Pedro Garhel, transformed it into a space open to dialogue between the performing arts, the visual and plastics arts and sound art. From 1981 to 1997, it played host to all kinds of activities related with performance, photography, installation, visual poetry, mail art, video art, film and experimental music, in a period in which most art galleries and museums were celebrating the return to painting.
The exhibition Espacio P. 1981-1997 showcases a broad selection of documentation (letters, hand-outs, posters, fanzines, books and journals), videos, films, photographs and installations. Taken as a whole they help to throw light on different artistic expressions which came together at Espacio P at a time of transition, in which a critique of the all-powerful art market and music industry encouraged processes of collaborative creations involving different languages, formats and agents.
Within this context, the exhibition also examines the interferences produced between the independent art movements during the sixties and their subsequent evolution during the eighties, producing effects in the dynamics of self-management, research, production and distribution through independent music labels, fanzines, videos and other formats.