The Community of Madrid presents the exhibition Roots by default as a show of support for emerging art

The exhibition, directed by Clàudia Elies and María Gracia de Pedro, delves into the idea of ​​tradition, and analyzes it from the root, as its own etymology indicates, of the Latin verb hand over: “the one who delivers”. And it is that, in every tradition there is an act of delivery, of gift, of inheritance, although this is not always beautiful or desired. In this sense, the concept of place and lived space is investigated, both in the present and in the past.

The curatorial proposal is activated through the work of six artists in the room and various activities. All of them investigate in different ways the traces and traces of tradition, whether family, territorial, found or sought. Thus, the artist Cristina Mejías presents a project closely linked to her direct environment, based on the profession of her brother, who is luthierand the landscape in which it has grown.

In a similar vein, Christian García Bello explores his most direct Galician environment to delve into his materials and forms. Jimena Kato, on the other hand, acts as a hinge between the new and the old, uniting different techniques from the present and the past. For her part, Mònica Planes presents us with cement in its multiple forms, the old, the ancestral and those of today, while Lucía Bayón Mendoza traces a history of the production of paper and fabric from the irruption of the Dutch battery. Finally, Gonçalo Sena mixes the artificial and the natural through a kind of archeology of the future, where he considers what has been and what will be.

On the occasion of the exhibition, a publication has been made that analyzes an idea of ​​tradition made of cuts, located in the margins, which has the voices of Martí Manen and Patricia Esquivias.

Support for emerging art

the summons Commissioner wanted is an initiative of the Community of Madrid that is committed to the development of new curatorial models that give visibility to emerging creation and facilitate access to the professional world for young people aspiring to this profession. Its purpose is the selection of two proposals prepared by young independent professionals to develop a semester of the Young Art Room.

Since its inception in 2009, more than twenty-five curators and a hundred artists have benefited from it, favoring their incorporation into professional art circuits.

This performance is part of the aid and scholarship program for emerging visual arts of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sports. A priority line of work that materializes in the promotion of mobility, training and access to the professional world of young artists and curators, which also includes scholarships for residence abroad or the call for Plastic Arts Circuits.

More information about the exhibition can be found default roots at