LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
DATE OF BIRTH
Víctor Mata i Ventura. He has a degree in Medieval History from the University of Barcelona and is an archivist, with a master's degree in archiving from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He directs Dos Punts Documentació i Cultura, sl (www.dospunts.net), a company specializing in the organization of archives, libraries and documentary and cultural management. He is the author of books, articles, conferences, presentations and thematic exhibitions related to archiving historical research (silk, procuratorate, pharmacy, Occitan immigration and local history).
As an artist and cultural manager, he participates in international biennials, festivals, meetings and land art competitions, hires facilities for public administration and private entities: International Biennial Andorra Landart 2015 and 2017, Art&Gavarres 2018, Arte en la Tierra 2019, Cendrart 2019...(see www.victormataventura.com) Ten years ago it carried out the program ─Architecture-Landscape-Art─, of reconstruction and artialisation of the rural landscape of Begues (Barcelona). He has organized seven happenings with the corresponding shared actions (2010-2019). Planning and organizing educational art projects with nature for teenagers in schools. He gives lectures, papers, workshops on land art for private entities and public institutions. He has published art articles with nature, landscape and dry stone technique in books and magazines and a cultural guide. He has curated a touring exhibition of land Art. He is an active member of entities related to heritage, history and landscape, including the Land Art Association of Catalonia (see Facebook @LandArtAssociacioCatalunya).
The profession of historian and archivist, my personal commitment to culture, art and nature are the foundations of my artistic projection related to heritage, history, landscape and nature. The installations that I propose and realize individually or shared generate idyllic places of confluence with the cosmos. They formulate a new cultural perception of the landscape and claim a dialogical relationship of human action with the natural environment.
Cultural landscapes and natural ecosystems are canvas, motif, material and tool for the disposition of the facilities. Natural meteors and the use of materials that nature recycles and decomposes make up the elements of work. Respect for the location and the renunciation of the imposition of cultural forms that are alien to the cultural tradition of the place are the essential premises of work. The search for the symbiosis of human action with natural becoming translates into several lines of intervention.
The Architecture and Landscape projects seek the preservation, reconstruction and dissemination of the historical, dry stone and traditional architectural heritage, the revaluation of the contemporary rural landscape and the establishment of an artistic relationship with the nature that welcomes them. The projects of memory and culture gather the installations and scenography that contextualise episodes of historical roots and of memorialist and cultural vindication that promote the understanding between people, peoples and collectives. The proposals for Nature and the Garden explore the dialogical encounter of contemporary human activity with the cultural landscape and the natural environment. Happening and other shared land art actions provide the reunion of people with their immediate environment. They celebrate, encourage and revitalize the new recovered places and the tributary land art installations.
WHO I AM
My name is Victor Mata Ventura, I'm a historian.
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