11 May Consonni, art production company and book publisher
Consonni, art production company and book publisher
Consonni is a non-profit contemporary art production company and book publisher specialising in art and criticism. Consonni was founded on 12 December 1996 and is located in Bilbao. It invites artists to develop projects that, in general, do not have the appearance of an art object exhibited in a space. Consonni researches formulas for expanding concepts such as curatorial practise, production, programming and publishing based on contemporary artistic practices. It aims to chart different ways of engaging in critique today and of creating a public sphere, taking feminist ideas as a road map.Consonni arose as a “centre of contemporary artistic practices” in the abandoned factory from which it takes it name, and where the first projects took place. From 1999 it abandoned the idea of a centre and instead looked for the best space for each project. Consonni has worked with artists such as Jon Mikel Euba, Ibon Aranberri, Andrea Fraser, Hinrich Sachs, Itziar Okariz, Iratxe Jaio&Klass van Gorkum,
Virginia Villaplana, Superflex, María Ruido and Martha Rosler… These artists borrow tools from contemporaneity, developing art projects with very different formats (from videos, photographs, a music album, performances, a guided visit to an abandoned amusement park, a zombie walk, etc.). Since 2011 Consonni has operated out of its own space, which is also used for different activities. HPC is a programme of residencies, con_textos are training workshops analysing the concept of publishing. They are held in Consonni’s street level offices and in collaboration with different professionals including Johanna Gustafsson Fürst, Black Tulip, Fermín Jiménez Landa, Mabi Revuelta, María Virginia Jaua, Susi Bilbao, Sra. Polaroiska, Diego del Pozo, Macarena Revuelta, Oriol Fontdevilla, Ainara LeGardon and Martí Manen. Consonni, together with other local cultural agents, is a member of Sarean, a network that grew up out of and for Bibao’s San Francisco district.