Activities, exhibitions and projects

Memoria Reciente. Prácticas contemporáneas en la Colección CAAM
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Memoria Reciente. Prácticas contemporáneas en la Colección CAAM

Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno-CAAM

Image: Works: Claudia Casarino, Apyte-Ao, 2011. Marina Vargas, Noli me tangere, 2009. Photography: Nacho González.



From February 22nd to June 2nd, 2024


Artists: Faisal Abdu’Allah, Angel Luis Aldai, Adrián Alemán, Ghada Amer, Teresa Arozena, Raúl Artiles, Lía Ateca, Marlon de Azambuja, Juan Carlos Batista, José Bedia, Karina Beltrán, Luna Bengoechea,Jack Beng-Thi, Leandro Betancor, Berry Bickle, Julio Blancas,Wim Botha, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Nadia Brito, Cabello/Carceller, Carmen Calvo, Claudia Casarino, Teresa Cebrián, Saint-Clair Cemin, Sandra Cinto, Hannah Collins, Carmen Cólogan. Sonsoles Company, Teresa Correa, Eli Cortiñas, Greta Chicheri, Antonio del Castillo, Idaira del Castillo, Margo Delgado, Pedro Déniz, Domingo Díaz, Yolanda Domínguez, Sokari Douglas-Camp, Miriam Durango, Ólafur Elíasson, Pepe Espaliú, Alicia Framis, Cristina Gámez, Carmela García, Alberto García-Alix, María Gimeno, Nan Goldin, Tato Gonçalves, Laura González Cabrera, Manolo González, Juan Gopar, Ron Gorchov, Luis Gordillo, Juan Guerra, Paco Guillén, Cayetana H. Cuyás. Gran Canaria, Hildegard Hahn, Peter Halley, Pipo Hernández Rivero, Guenda Herrera, José Herrera, Juan Hidalgo, Rafael Hierro, Cristina Iglesias, Concha Jerez, Ayoze Jiménez, Davinia Jiménez, Francisco Leiro, Moneiba Lemes, José Lirio, Eva Lootz, Marcos Lora Read, José Luis Luzardo, Julia María Martín, Sigfrido Martín Begué, Emilia Martín Fierro, Martín y Sicilia, Carlos Matallana, Fatima Mazmouz, Ramón Miranda, Lorena Morin, Kirsten Mosel, Vik Muniz, Juan Muñoz, Ubay Murillo, Mwangi Hutter, Francis Naranjo, James Nares, Miquel Navarro, Carlos Nicanor, M. Nieves Cáceres, Marina Núñez, José Otero, Raquel Paiewonsky, Pablo Palazuelo, Santiago Palenzuela, Luis Palmero, Cecilia Paredes, René Peña, Marta María Pérez Bravo, Raquel Ponce, PSJM, Yapci Ramos, Miguel Rio Branco, Arnaldo Roche Rabell, Pilar Rodiles, Dagoberto Rodríguez, Santiago Rodríguez Olazábal, José Rosario Godoy, Richard Ross, Paco Rossique, Orlando Ruano, Thomas Ruff, Jose Ruiz, Salvo, Acaymo S. Cuesta, Teresa Serrano, Luis Sosa, Peter Schuyff, Jordi Teixidor, Cristina Toledo, Fabiola Ubani, Juan Uslé, Luisa Urréjola, Marina Vargas, Sara Velázquez, Grego Viera, Augusto Vives, Catherine Yass, Santiago Ydáñez, Amina Zoubir, Jesús Zurita, Zhang Dali


A selection of works that are part of the artistic heritage of the CAAM as a public museum, stored in our deposits, and now being showcased in the format of a temporary exhibition. Around 150 works by 140 artists, produced from the 1980s onwards, coming from the geostrategic enclaves that define the foundational lines of the CAAM: Europe, Africa, America, with a prominent presence of visual production from male and female creators from the Canary Islands, displaying diverse forms and languages as characteristic of contemporary practice.

The starting point of this selection of works is established with the desire to showcase the pieces authored by Canary Islanders that were acquired through the Cultural Emergency Plan COVID-19 of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria: additions of new works and artists that enrich the narrative of contemporary times, always under construction and evolution, highlighting the increase in female presence and the incorporation of significant pieces in the trajectory of some artists, thus approaching themes absent until now in our collection.

The title alludes to the exercise of memory that relates these recent additions to the works that were already part of it. Together they construct the exhibition discourse, faithful to the CAAM's lines of work, which showcases new themes, styles, approaches, and mediums; visual alerts about time, identity, and territory, about thought and sociopolitical modes of behavior.

We opt for a visual, accessible, and organized planning to infuse the rooms with different approaches, which inevitably respond to the concerns and observations that interact in the space of diversity, just as we try to coexist with our contradictions, certainties, and aspirations. From the pieces themselves, significant groups seem to emerge that encompass certain lines of thought and practice:

  • Atlantic identity. The Canary Islands as a enclave between the artistic contexts of Europe, Africa, and America
  • Links and references. Artists who influence and open new lines of visual experimentation
  • From History to the present. The gaze is directed and connected to the past
  • From abstraction to concept. Geometries and lyricism until reaching the predominance of the idea
  • From the CAAM. Works in which the Center is part of the creative process
  • Natural and urban landscapes. The commitment to the conservation of the natural and urban environment is one of the concerns that generate diverse visual analyses
  • Reflections on individual identity. Visual testimonies that capture essential aspects of the life and identity of the current subject
  • Social and ritual imaginary. Creative processes related to symbolic construction, ritual, and spirituality
  • From an active position. Manifestations of tension and criticism about established or imposed situations of social, political, and economic order

The presence of women in this exhibition is equal, addressing themes from a feminist perspective through the works of some of them: Yolanda Domínguez, Alicia Framis, Teresa Serrano, Marina Vargas, Raquel Paiewonsky, Claudia Casarino, Cabello/Carceller, Eli Cortiñas, Amina Zoubir, M. Nieves Cáceres, Ghada Amer, María Gimeno, Sokari Douglas-Camp, Fatima Mazmouz, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Carmela García, Cristina Gámez, Cecilia Paredes.

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