Josep Ginestar is a Spanish artist who creates artistic installations related to the environments where he has lived. The artist uses the soil that surrounds him as a primary material for his work. Influenced by both, the land art trend and the work of Joseph Beuys, Josep presents an exhibition that pays tribute to the Andalusí mystic Ibn al Arabi.
The projects presented in Ginestar, Cel.lules – Hommage au Maroc have been produced by the artist during his residency at Le Cube – independent art room.
The exhibition Cel.lules – Hommage au Maroc is founded on two pillars:
On the one hand, the interest he has in Morocco, along with a particular passion and love for the landscapes of the great south of the country;
and on the other hand, the spiritual research which delicately wraps all the artworks he presents.
Very often, we say that the occident is a place devoid of metaphysical preoccupations, and that the occident is a culture that is devoid of the sense of spirituality; so much that the greatest part of the population remains out of touch with these concerns. However, there is an increased interest in the subject by individuals in search of spirituality.
Far from churches and power, this field is striving to be found and to give answers to the immense void and to the senselessness that prevails in the life of most westerners. The rise of spiritual philosophies in Europe, such as Taoism, Sufism and especially Buddhism, is just one example of the growing interest in this field.
Since the rise of modernity, the art world has not ceased to find interest in these themes, even if those currents were minor. This is the manner in which the absolute self tinted the work of Kandinsky and his famous book, The Spiritual in Art. Rotkho, Tàpies, James Lee Byars, Hatung Mona, Anish Kapoor, Wolfgan Laib and so many others are also proof of this constant interest in spirituality.
By seeking a new way of representing spirituality, in Morocco, artists like Younès Rahmoun testify to this interest, and in his case, representing the Islamic spirituality, in the field of contemporary art.
The exhibition I had the pleasure to present at Le Cube is the first exhibition I have ever presented in Morocco, a country that has inspired several works of mine. Cel.lules – Hommage au Maroc is more than just an exhibition. It is part of the biography of my soul. With it, I wish to convey the immensity of silence, the absolute emptiness felt in the region of Erfoud-Hssi Labiad. And with it, I wish to thank you all, infinitely, for your time. ”