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LOOK INTO THE ART AND CULTURE OF EMPORDÀ THROUGH ITS CHARACTERS

The creative movement of Lluís Lleó

«FOR ME, EMPORDÀ IS SYNONYM OF REFUGE ...»

By Eudald Camps Photo Martin Crook i Andrea Ferrés

Lluís Lleó’s (Barcelona, 1962) artistic path swings between apparently irreconcilable extremes. This forms the core of his creative adventure: trying to pacify the contradictions of the artistic battleground. In the summer of 2017 he installed a series of sculptures in Park Avenue, NY, which would exemplify his concept of ‘swaying’: between painting and sculpture, between rigorous tradition and radical modernity, between the memories of Empordà and the contemporary city, trapped in a present without a past. Patient artisanal work as opposed to the use of the latest technology to achieve monumental registers. We insist however that these dualities involve only apparent contradictions, for Lluís Lleó invents impossible dialogues, which is a high-risk strategy these days.

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A COLLECTION OF PASTORS, WOMEN AND WOMEN

By Stephen Shemella Photo Andrea Ferrés

The term ‘shepherd’ has always brought the image of a man, usually  Jesus, alone with his staff, pastures and flock. Despite two thousand years of development, many of us may find it difficult to imagine a different shepherd. This preconception is intertwined with the male dominant society, which, despite the vast improvement in the past few decades, still lingers as an inhibitory cloud for equal opportunity. 


Rocío Moreno

OR WHEN TO SEE PASTORA IS THE NATURAL EVOLUTION OF THINGS

By Stephen Shemella Photo Andrea Ferrés

In life, all it takes is having one thing clear in order to pave the road to  dramatic change. Rocío had this clarity, and 13 years later we find her; a loving partner and mother of three rapidly growing adolescents, a business owner, and a caretaker of 160 pastured ruminants that roam over two farmsteads and many hectares of forest. 


Aigua de Vilajuïga

GOURMET EXCELLENCE RETURNS

In the foothills of the Cap de Creus, the village of Vilajuïga has been proudly guarding its sought after water for more than 100 years. Vilajuïga’s naturally sparkling water is one of the best in the world.


Jordi Isern

‘A PAINTING IS A LIVING SPACE, A SPACE FOR MEDITATION’

By Azucena Moya Photo Andrea Ferrés

Theorist and painter, Jordi Isern has given his life to art. For him, painting is a way to celebrate human nature as part of a whole. His sensual explorations of touch and sound invite us into a silent, serene contemplation of the real.

Javier Garcés

AND THE HOOPOE’S FLIGHT

By Eudald Camps Photo Javier Almar

Javier Garcés (Zaragoza, 1959) has it really clear: “Although it’s very important, being able to make things is only a part of it… What’s necessary, primarily, is to be able to look.” Besides this statement of principles what remains is to choose your vehicle and if painting is your medium of choice, as a contemporary artist it’s not the easiest path, as Garcés can testify. 

Jordi Pigem

«VITAL INTELLIGENCE»

By Gabriel Ventura Photo Andrea Ferrés

Post-materialism is a term that has been used by sociologists for more than 40 years to describe certain values focused on human participation, interest in ecology and respect for diversity, in contrast to the so called materialistic values, centered in economic and military security.

Laurent Martin “Lo”

«I DO NOT THINK ABOUT AESTHETICS, THE RESULT OF MY PARTS IS BASED ON THE BALANCE SEARCH»

By Azucena Moya Photo Andrea Ferrés

Entering Laurent Martin Lo’s studio, the pieces await with an alert presence. “They are more of an amulet rather than sculptures”, says the artist. “Bamboo has a special energy, it absorbs electromagnetic fields creating a peaceful atmosphere.” 

Fishing for a village, a disappearing trade

WE'RE TALKING WITH RAFEL LLINARES, CADAQUÉS FISHERMAN

By Stephen Shemella Photo James Rexroad

A team of skilled boatmen together with the proper knowledge and a modest fleet can still work the waters off their local coast for a successful day fishing. That catch, with the help of a streamline marketplace, can be shared daily within a community to provide the ultimate resource of quality: local fish, minimally handled, right off the boat. 

 

The Eleven House

INVITES YOU TO ENJOY YOUR OWN COMPANY

By Azucena Moya Photo Mauricio Fuertes

Interior designer Susanna Cots has been creating spaces for over 18 years, with offices in Begur and Hong Kong. She mainly works with emotion arising from detail—light and colour, texture, aroma… A range of what she calls ‘invisible elements’ that create peaceful and welcoming spaces.