“La entrega” act I – The route

This is the planned route, not the final one.
In an absolutely spontaneous way, the route will pass through six art centers in Catalonia: Piramidón (Barcelona), Centre d’Art Maristany (Sant Cugat), Can Serrat (El Bruc), the Museu de Montserrat, Konvent (Cal Rosal) and the Centre d’Art i Natura de Farrera.

Day 01: Piramidón (BCN) – Sant Cugat

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Day 02: Sant Cugat – Mas Sant Jaume

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Day 03: Mas Sant Jaume – Can Serrat (El Bruc)

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Day 04: Can Serrat – Refugi Vincenç Barbé

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Day 05: Refugi Vincenç Barbé – Castellbell

This day could end at the Monastery of Montserrat if I find accommodation.

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Day 06: Castellbell – Manresa

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Day 07: Manresa – Balsareny

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Day 08: Balsareny – Puig-reig

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Day 09: Puig-reig – Konvent (Cal Rosal)

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Tres noches y dos días de pausa en el Konvent.
Break. Three nights and two days at Konvent.

Day 10: Konvent – Camping Fontfreda

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Day 11: Camping Fontfreda – Refugi d’Ensija

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Dos noches y un día de pausa en el Refugi d’Ensija.
Break. Two nights and one day at Refugi d’Ensija.

Day 12: Refugi d’Ensija – Refugi Molí de Gòsol

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Day 13: Refugi Molí de Gòsol – Tuixent – Camping Molí de Fornols

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Day 14: Camping Molí de Fornols – La Seu d’Urgell

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Dos noches y un día de pausa en La Seu (Albergue de La Salle).
Break. Two nights and one day in La Seu at Albergue de La Salle.

Day 15 – La Seu d’Urgell – Sant Joan Fumat

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Day 16 – Sant Joan Fumat – Refugi Ras de Conques

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Day 17 – Refugi Ras de Conques – Farrera (Centre d’Art i Natura)

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On the Border

On the border – August 18, 2017 / September 11, 2017 / 290 km, 25 days, 198 border stones, 212 artworks

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In the summer of 2017, Noris walked the 290 km of the Spanish-French border in the province of Girona, through which the principal routes of the republican exile ran. During the walk, the artist painted a work corresponding to each of the 198 milestones that mark the border. To walk and paint, joining together points along the border, as though balancing on that invisible line that divides in two that which is one, making visible what is invisible and opening up in this way a new stage for memory.

Over these past four years I have been working with the landscape as a stage and as a border, but always from the comfort and distance of the studio. The need for direct experience, to put myself out there and confront the real without any filters, is what led me to undertake “On the Border”.
The project involves walking the entire Spanish-French border in the county of Girona and making a small oil painting at each of the 198 milestones that mark the limit between the two countries. It will not be a visual documentation of the milestones (which have already been photographically catalogued), but rather an emotional recording of the environment, according to whatever the geographical and environmental conditions may be. For this reason, the extreme connection with the environment and the present moment that open-air painting permits is fundamental to allowing the project to acquire a strong experiential value. In this sense, the pieces are not the objective of the journey: the experience itself is the goal, the experience of making and being the border, the introspection of a long walk in nature, the journey and its difficulties. To paint pieces as if they were markers and to walk joining together points along the the border, as though balancing on that invisible line that divides in two what is one, is to make visible the invisible and thus open up a new setting for memory.

+ INFO ABOUT SPANISH-FRENCH BORDER STONES

Muga (“border stone”) is a word of Basque origin used in the Catalan Pyrenees instead of mojón (or hito, in Spanish) and fita (in Catalan). Here is an article written by Josep Estruch for “On the Border” on the etymology of the word.


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