El Palomar

Investigating queer ancestry and history, the Barcelona-based art collective El Palomar was formed in 2013 by Mariokissme and R. Marcos Mota and has since developed a shared practice that debunks authorship and reorganizes art as a critical space of sex and gender dissidence.

Their work Schreber is a Woman (2020) departs from the case and memoirs of Daniel Paul Schreber, a German judge confined to the Sonnenstein mental asylum in Saxony in 1894. In her Memoirs of My Nervous Illness, she recounts feeling like a woman, among other experiences. Schreber’s text influenced Sigmund Freud and helped him to elaborate his theories on paranoia, schizophrenia and Oedipus syndrome. El Palomar uncover and reinterpret the experience and writings of Schreber from a transfeminist perspective; they deconstruct the Freudian link between Schreber and schizoprenic paranoia from a queer viewpoint. Schreber is a Woman subverts the original circumstances of queer lineage, recontextualizing gender and pleasure in the present.

The institute of things to come is glad to present the limited vinyl edition with the original soundtrack created by El Palomar for Schreber is a Woman, departing from the voices that Schreber heard in the asylum and described in her memoirs. This production overlaps contemporary sound aesthetics with late 1800' Schreber context and references. All the voices are performed by Charm Mone and all the songs were created by Mariokissme, under the direction of El Palomar.

El Palomar is an art project focused on the investigation, recovery and production of queer memories to review the hidden history related to gender politics. El Palomar is a working community, an ideological alignment and an institutional reassessment. In this queer-based lab, its directors are artists, but also programmers and curators who generate critical discourses, combining multiple identities. In El Palomar, desire is a catalyst to rethink everything. El Palomar have been working on infecting the dominant post-conceptual macho aesthetic with other discourses by generating spaces for meeting and exchange; creating a program based on multi-vocal research and polyphonic incorporation from working on the margins (from the overground).

In last years they have produced projects that have been shown in several museums and institutions: Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona (MACBA), Casal Solleric (Palma de Mallorca), Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt (Berlin), National Museum of Art Reina Sofía of Madrid (MNARS), Joan Miro Foundation Barcelona, National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC), Institute of Culture of Barcelona, Homesession, Bar Project and others.