Having hours and hours of conversations with such relevant figures of Spanish culture as Pablo Picasso, Federico García Lorca or Antonio Gaudí, in which they could explain their inspirations and their vision of the world would be something of “incalculable” value. Under this premise, Alberto Anaut, director and founder of La Fábrica, a cultural project management company, has proposed to develop an Archive of creators, a documentary project in which the voice and reflections of the most important current artists are collected. Nacional level.
Conversations lasting an average of 10 hours with the chef Juan Mari Arzak, among which he tells how he forged some signatures to enroll in the hospitality school; with filmmaker Fernando Trueba, who explains how his love for cinema was born when he skipped classes at the age of 15 to see The wild child and how was the evening in which he won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film with Belle Epoque (1992), O the director Isabel Coixet, who was captivated by celluloid at the age of 5. Antonio López, who learned to paint by copying his uncle, or the writer Antonio Muñoz Molina, who began to write plays with a typewriter that his father gave him, also narrate his origins. Also participating are the trio of RCR architects, winners of the Pritzker Prize in 2017, the photographer Alberto García-Alix, National Photography Prize in 1999, and Patricia Urquiola, one of the Spanish designers with the most international projection; Those eight chapters of this first batch are up to the 100 artists that are planned to be collected over the next few years.
The project aims to be “a testimony for our time and for the future”, they highlighted in the presentation of the archive this Monday at the CaixaForum headquarters in Madrid. Anaut justifies the long duration of the interviews with the fact that “it is a necessary time to tell a whole life, a whole experience, a whole vision of the world in which we live, of his own work”. These works will be able to be seen in an upcoming digital platform, which will be called CaixaForum +.
But this initiative, “in order to also reach new audiences” and make it accessible “for professionals and for people interested in delving into each of the creators”, will also have other aspects. The first in a series, titled Creators, which will be available on Amazon Prime Video, and in which the 10 hours will be condensed into 50-minute episodes. Anaut explains that “it is a sober format, where simplicity is one of the key elements”, since only the artist is listened to, who speaks while looking at the camera “to make the viewer a participant and protagonist”. They will also be adapted to podcasts, by Audible, and in books that will collect the full conversation, which will be published in the spring of 2022.
The importance of leaving a legacy
Anaut highlights that the project “tries to collect heritage” above all: “Many times we see heritage as something of the stones, and we have wanted to approach it as something, of the people. It seems to us that artists are important for what they do, be it a book, a painting or a building. But it is also a very valuable heritage what they think, why they have done things. What has been their training, how do they see the country in which they work or how they see their work in the contemporary world ”.
That commitment has also been assimilated by the creators themselves. For example, when Muñoz Molina learned about the project, he agreed to participate from the beginning, Anaut says: ‘We have an obligation to leave memory behind,’ Muñoz Molina told me. And that memory is fascinating. ” The director of La Fábrica considers it “a country project, as politicians would call it”, to whom he opens the door to collaborate in this adventure: “If some Administrations join in, they will be welcome. If not, we understand that a contemporary culture, from society, has an obligation, strength and possibilities to move things forward ”.
The list that makes up the hundred artists is still in the process of maturing, a work could be developed “for the next 12 or 15 years.” “We have not closed the list because we have to see how the culture blows.” But they are clear that “it is not open to fashions and we are not going to have passing stars, but creators who have a legacy.”