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Radical Conceptual Art revisited: A social and political perspective from the East and the South



(Author)

Name: Eulŕlia Grau

Place and data of birth: [1946] Terrassa (Catalonia)

Place of work during the 60’s and 70’s (personal biography):

Eulàlia Grau, also known by her given name, was born in Terrassa in 1946. After training in Fine Arts at the Escola Eina and in design in Milan she begins her work starting from collage, using photographs taken from the written press, adopting a critical attitude towards information given out by the communication media. Her works carry a significant political charge and social content.

Between 1984 and 1990 she can be found in Berlin where, frequently making use of collage, she works with concepts such as loneliness, incomprehension and desperation, though always leaving a glimmer of hope. In 1991, having specialised in Chinese studies and Eastern culture, she went to live some years in Peking.

Eulàlia's place is within the Catalan conceptual art group of the 70s, in which it is interesting to note the important presence of women artists. These, in affirming their own identity, frequently question femenine stereotypes. Such is the case with Eulàlia Grau, representative of a certain proto-feminism within the Spanish art world, present too in the work of Esther Ferrer, a pioneer within the feminist movement, or in other Catalan conceptual artists such as Fina Miralles, Eugènia Balcells, Silvia Gubern, Àngels Ribé and Olga Pijoan. In 1975 she presented the highly political Inventemos también nosostros (Let us invent too) at Galeria G.

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