Yolanda Domínguez: Art Activism on 9 videos

By Yolanda Domínguez. September 30, 2013

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Women that mimic unreal and forced positions on the queue of a museum, a subway exit or a supermarket. The same attitude expressed by models, so often monopolizing fashion covers. Thanks to her project 'Poses' (2011), visual artist Yolanda Domínguez has reached more than 800,000 views on YouTube. This project intended to attract the viewer's attention highlighting the absurd extravagance to which many women are subjected. The Madrid-based artist, who earlier had captured the public's attention with works like 'Begging for a Chanel' or 'Young girl offers herself to', is getting known abroad thanks to a grant from the the Spanish Art Promotion agency and currently combines her art projects with her job as Photography teacher at Efti and at campaigns for entities like Greenpeace or Médecins du Monde. She has chosen her favourite art actio for visualMANIAC.
 

Lost Astronaut - Alicia Framis (2009)



A great Spanish artist that had to "auto export" herself to become known. She works with multiple media, for her the most important thing is the idea. She has done collaborations with brands and companies like Camper. In this work she walks the streets of Manhattan dressed like an astronaut, doing everyday activities that people can request through social networks. A fun homage to the female figure that was never on the moon.

Stealing Beauty - Guy Ben-Ner (2007)



Great pair of actors that record their shorts at IKEA centers, including some scenes with kids. They don't ask for permission and record themselves until they're thrown out. The image of themselves interpreting intimate scenes with the furniture tags hanging is very powerful and reflects the prefabricated character of the world and even of ourselves.
 

Los Encargados - Santiago Sierra (2012)



One of the most committed Spanish artists (who also "auto exported" himself to Mexico to succeed). He works on the effects of capitalism that we produce and that don't want to see. He renounced the National Plastic Arts Prize and later sold it as an artwork.
 

Miss Nudies - Beatriz Sánchez Sánchez (2011)

I love the humor and irony that emerge in all of her works. The simplicity and the homemade aesthetic make them very close to the spectator. This video comes from a series of pieces meant to be seen on cell phones (hopefully there are some artists that have now realized that there are other channels to reach the public than the wall of a gallery…) Thank you Beatriz!


JR (artist's video talking about his work on TED, 2011)



Essential talk from the photographer and artist JR, winner of the TED Prize. Can art change the world? The place where he exhibits his work is part of the message and gets the spectator involved in the creation process. A pro.
 

 

Suicide Jumper - Improve Everywhere (2006)



New York based collective famous for its flash mobs and demonstrations in urban spaces. They have millions of fans and waiting lists of people that want to take part in their demonstrations! You can sign up on their website.
 

What Would Jesus Buy - Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping



An example of art mixed with social activism. The Church of Stop Shopping preaches in malls and streets to raise consciousness about the absurd consumerism we're immersed in… We would be lucky to find them on a Saturday afternoon in one of these temples of consumerism.
 

 Literature vs. Traffic - Luzinterruptus (2007)

Spanish artists that work at night creating light installations in the streets. They don't ask for permission and the artworks are ephemeral, people take them away with them. A rad collective that should be sponsored for life by Madrid Government.


Mass Ornament - Natalie Bookchin (2009)

An example of an artist as content director already present on the internet. Natalie Bookchin reorders reality and gives us another perspective. He uses homemade recordings of people dancing alone in their bedrooms to produce a new version of the famous Tiller girls. She proves that we're products of a connected and homogeneous collective.
 

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