The work and the days

Natalia Pastor and Vicente Pastor

1 September 2010

El trabajo y los días is a project developed in the village of Ladines in collaboration with two local inhabitants, Rubén de la Llascara and Chichi, who Cuco Suárez classifies as margivagantes artists, a term coined by Juan Antonio Ramírez in the book “Escultecturas margivagantes” (Margivagantes Sculptures). Fantastic architecture in Spain, 2006. Rubén is a retired miner who lives in the village of Ladines doing farm work; his daily chores are impregnated with a strict and methodical order, he collects numerous objects that he recycles for a new use and he is a great observer of natural processes. The way he places or stores his work tools and the materials he accumulates are reminiscent of the installations and assemblages of artists such as Joseph Beuys, Boltanski, Kounellis and Gilberto Zorio, among others. Chichi is a woman who compulsively makes dolls and bizarre fashion objects, recycling all kinds of materials that come into her hands; supermarket bags, fabrics, wool, plastic balls from children’s toy vending machines, pendants, belts… Her productions recreate a personal universe that reminds us of voodoo dolls or works by Tim Burton or Dubuffet. Reminiscent of Land Art and Arte Povera, the video installation transfers certain aspects of rural life to the artistic sphere and recreates this creative everyday life through its reinterpretation in the exhibition space. The video installation consists of various elements, materials and supports in which different natural and creative processes are explored.