Barcelona museum presents art as social equaliser

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Barcelona, 24 February 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA).

Barcelona’s Museu d’Art Contemporani is currently presenting an exhibition of works by Antoni Abad, to continue until 24 June 2014.

Entitled “megafone.net”, the show uses the internet and mobile phones to emphasise the voices of “social groups pushed to the margins of society by dominant structures”. Abad’s project features videos, photographs, and sound recordings of communities including illegal immigrants, political refugees and sex workers, which are published instantly on the web — an act which endeavours to obliterate boundaries imposed by society and popular media.

Born in Lledia in 1958, Antoni Abad first began to use the internet in his art in 1996, when he produced the video installation Sisyphus. Now in its tenth year, his project megafone.net has explored social contexts in locations including Mexico City, Lledia, Geneva, São Paulo, Montreal and Manizales (Colombia).

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