Sabel Gavaldon

CCA - College-based

Danai Anesiadou, I Kiss Your Ectoplasm Like I Would a Shark III, 2012

Mixed media and overhead projection installation, dimensions variable

I am a writer and curator from Barcelona, whose background includes social history and critical theory. One of my first concerns as a practitioner is to develop alternative forms of engagement with specific audiences, which should be capable of returning a sense of agency to the viewer.

My research interests revolve around debates on the so- called crisis of modernity. For my MA dissertation, ’Traces of Production‘, I have interrogated the politics of nostalgia in formalist film practice, by examining the status of photography in the London Film-Makers’ Co-op.

As a curator, I am enthusiastic about the potential for non-academic and artistic research to generate eccentric perspectives, which deviate from hegemonic ways of envisioning the present. In this sense, I see exhibition-making as a non- specialised process that involves thinking through artworks – within and against institutions – in order to articulate formal, semantic and affective relations between a variety of social practices.

I have recently explored these ideas by collaborating with the artist Erick Beltrán on a commission for Ritual Without Myth, RCA, 2012. Other projects include Notes for an Exhibition, Crate Studio and Project Space, 2011; and Lighting Rig: Intervention by Sam Ely & Lynn Harris, Department 21, 2011.

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Courtesy of the artist and Elisa Platteau & Cie Gallery, Brussels, Photography by David Pearson



MA, Studies of Antiquity and Middle Ages, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, 2008; BA (Hons), Humanities, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, 2007


Assistant curator, Sant Andreu Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain, 2009; Curatorial internship, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain, 2008–9


Ritual Without Myth, Royal College of Art, 2012; Notes for an Exhibition: Desmond Church Solo Show, Crate Studio and Project Space, Margate, 2011; Lighting Rig: Intervention by Sam Ely & Lynn Harris, Department 21, London, 2011; Lying on Rocks, Sitting in Windows, Standing on Chairs, Royal College of Art, 2011


Winner, ‘La Caixa’ Graduate Fellowship Programme, 2009–12