On the Road

Gloria Moure

Essay by José Luis Pardo with the collaboration of Xunta de Galicia


Catalogue of the exhibition On the road (Santiago de Compostela, 2014), curated by Gloria Moure. Francis of Assisi, constitutes the starting point for the research into contemporary art included in this publication. A central figure of European culture, he challenged the world he lived in. On the one hand, he represents a radical criticism of the dominant forces of his time and, on the other, an energetic response to the demands of the situation.

Catalogue, Contemporary Art
The book’s structure is intrinsically bound to the ideas that drove the attitude of St. Francis of Assisi, which remain enormously relevant even today: human dignity in the face of poverty, the increased value of sensitive knowledge as opposed to the supremacy of a purely instrumental reason – entropy as a means of knowledge (the appreciation of nomadic life in a world rooted in a sedentary lifestyle), landscape as part of the human quality (appreciating reality, as a vast, complex and unstable link in which nothing can be external). 35 contemporary artists present their works for this project. The book includes specific works by Francis Alÿs, Tacita Dean, Jimmie Durham, Richard Long, Anthony McCall, Perejaume, and Lawrence Weiner, among others. Beautifully designed and produced, the book includes some insertions specially created by the artists.

Gloria Moure is a renowned freelance curator and editor. Over the last ten years, she has curated exhibitions and edited referential monographs on key contemporary artists, such us Sigmar Polke, Gordon Matta-Clark, Dan Graham, Marcel Broodthaers, and Michael Snow.
José Luis Pardo is a professor of Philosophy at the Complutense University of Madrid, he is a specialist in contemporary French philosophy.

232 pages, 180 illustrations
Hardback, 21x26 cm
Spanish, English
Polígrafa, 1st edition 2014
ISBN 9788434313323