International exhibitions

International Archives 2nd half of 2015

1st International Biennal Andorra Land Art

All seven parishes of Andorra

10.09.2015 - 14.02.2016

Précédent Suivant


1st International Biennal Andorra Land Art

Extracts of the press file

Andorra welcomes you and is pleased to present a great cultural event, the first edition of the Andorra Land Art International Biennial (ALA'2015). It may be surprising, magical, kaleidoscopic, interactive, contagious, fun and highly international, with a touch of environmental awareness. In a word, it will be a definite cultural jolt, no doubt about it.


© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2015. All Rights Reserved

25 artists

8 participating countries

23 works and installations

1 augmented reality installations
1 opening conference

5 photography exhibitions

1 learning and creativity space : the RAS Zone

8 educational monitors

1.000 participating school children

1 country with a passion for culture

For one full month, nearly thirty artists from here at home and from other countries around the world will be showing us their creativity while imagining, building a new contemporary landscape.

Andorra Land Art is a shared cultural activity for the entire country. It is an initiative sponsored by the main public institutions of Andorra (the Government, the Parliament and the Parish Councils, among others), with the cooperation of major companies (Andorra Telecom, FEDA, and others). All seven parishes of the country will be sharing centre stage, offering exclusive, unique locations for the art installation works. Internationally prestigious talents including the British-born artists who settled in New Zealand Martin Hill and Phillipa Jones –who will moreover be featured in the opening conference, North American artist Stuart Williams, the French artist Marie-Hélène Richard, British artist Joseph Ford, the Belgian artist who lives in France David Vanorbeek and the Spanish artist dEmo, will be taking part in this first celebration of the Biennial, whether through onsite works or through exhibited photographs. Also taking part are Andorran artists Miquel Mercè, Susanna Ferran, Frédéric Hoffmann, Sara Valls, Nerea Aixàs, Jordi Casamajor, Mònica Armengol, Rafel Contreras, Pere Moles, Tito Farré and Anna Mangot, as well as Catalonia’s Xavier Puente, Eudald Alabau, Jordi Solé, Víctor Mata and Josep Lluís Vendrell.

The mission of ALA is very clear and has inhabited the minds of the organisers –the art and cultural events company Reunió de Papaia, which is helmed by the Biennial’s curator Pere Moles– from day one: to enhance the value of Andorra’s enormous natural and cultural heritage by building a contemporary landscape; in other words, through a different way to interpret a place, a region, a country...

Nearly thirty artists will be leaving their original mark on the landscape of Andorra during the first Andorra Land Art International Biennial. And they will be doing so in locations that they themselves have chosen from a long list of proposals offered by the organisers. Those locations sit within all seven parishes of the country: Canillo, Encamp, Ordino, La Massana, Andorra la Vella, Sant Julià de Lòria and Escaldes-Engordany.

Most of these installations are ephemeral, an essential characteristic of Land Art: if the materials used are taken from nature, the works of art are exposed to the inherent changes of the environment. However, some of them will remain there, bearing witness to this first celebration of the Biennial, for the many editions to come.

A massive praying mantis, a golden rooster and a white donkey in obvious contrast, several matches that have fallen out of the pocket of a giant in the courtyard of a museum, a straight white line in the middle of a scree that can be seen from everywhere, some huge orange spheres that seem to float in the middle of a square, a façade wrapped up with coloured fabrics and a burnt tree trunk, sculpturally twisted in a retreat-type space are a few of the creative pieces that will be lighting up Andorra with a completely new way of understanding art as something inextricably tied to the environment in which it is conceived and applied.

Selection of some projects of the artists

David Vanorbeek, Praying Mantis

A sculpture created in 2006, measuring 250 x 200 x 150 cm. It was built with recycled galvanised wire [-] from the vineyards of Southern France, a material that tends to rust with the pesticides that are used. This sculpture weighs approximately 100 kg.

Marie-Hélène Richard, Bois de poche

It could be said that there is no smoke without fire. Matches and tobacco go hand in hand. At the Tobacco Museum, a set of matches 24 times larger than the normal everyday size enter into a playful dialogue with the architecture of the venue. Surely, they have fallen from the pocket of a giant who must have regretted it. The matches have their place in the museum because they accompany the pipe smoker, an endangered species, the fire lighter, who is almost extinct, and the small match vendor, who now only forms part of the world of the folktale…

Miquel Mercé, Longitud Sense Amplada

The aim of this piece is to create a gesture in a landscape that is rigid, geometric, precise or synthetic due to its matter, colour and shape. It is a straight line, as such does not exist in nature, in a bright colour. In fact its chosen hue is the most “anti natural” colour possible and completely contrasts with the existing mixed landscape, which is made up of tones of grey, green and orange. This line not only raises our awareness of the reality of this landscape in our country; it breaks down that highly marked and contrasted border between the urban world and the natural world. Measuring 3 x 150 metres, the piece is located and fastened to the very stones of the Tartera de Carroi scree.

Stuard Williams, Five orange spheres

This installation travelled for a period of two and a half years, making its way to urban and rural sites around the United States and Europe. The project was published in LIFE Magazine and in different newspapers in France, Italy and Germany. The compensation for the copyright enabled the project to continue to travel, ultimately reaching a total of 16 installations.

Among other places, the Orange Spheres have been exhibited in Cannon Beach, Oregon; at the Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau, in France (where the five large spheres floated on the moat); at Palisades Park in Santa Monica, California; at the “Sheep’s Meadows” in Central Park, New York; at Telegraph Hill in San Francisco, California; in Mill Valley, California (where the five spheres appear to march right into a private home), and in the small high-mountain town of Filisur, Switzerland. And they are now also in Andorra.

Pere Moles, Estripagecs

Estripagecs” (literally, “Jacket Shredders”) is a sculptural ensemble made up of five large totems that take on the shape of five estripagecs (irregularly spiked metallic bars that are often placed in windows to keep people from entering a building. The name, “jacket shredder”, comes from the very purpose of tearing the “jackets” of thieves). These metal bars form part of Andorra’s cultural and architectural heritage, and the particular pieces of this installation are exact replicas of the bars of the Parish of Ordino. The element of the totem is an object or a supernatural being or animal that in the mythologies of certain cultures becomes the emblem of the community or of the individual. Such emblem can include a diverse number of attributes and meanings. In totemism, like in land art, that emblem is also understood as a symbolic relationship between nature and the human being.

Rafel Contreras, Circulus

Rafel Contreras presents Circulus, his first foray into the world of Land Art. The project is a simple idea, a work on the interrelations between the mineral world and the plant world and the communication among observers. The name of this installation comes from Latin and is the diminutive of circus, circle.

A circle closes itself, representing unity, perfection. It is the symbol of the sky in relation to the land and it is identified with protection. With this project, Contreras aims to express the relationship between the mineral and plant worlds. A circle of stones around a tree. The stone circle will serve as a protector for the tree and at the same time creates a difference between interior and exterior, making a circumference. The artist says that he is particularly interested in seeing what will happen with the passage of time: the development of nature inside and outside of the installation.The process will have to endure the different seasons of the year, the phenomena related with the climate, animals, etc. Moreover, what will the people do when they draw in close to it? Will they simply observe it, respecting the installation or will they act against the work?

Exposition du 10 septembre au 10 octobre 2015. Divers lieux dans les 7 parroisses d’Andorre.