By Nancy Todd
Pigeons now plague the world. They used to be carriers of important messages and were delicacies for the palate. Millions of these overweight birds hang out doing nothing on Plaza Catalunya in Barcelona and plazas all over the world. If they are transported out of the cities and the ecosystem is jeprodized, I don’t care. At least Regina and I, your Scoopettes, can walk through the Plaza without pigeons spewing their nasty bits in our faces.The Barcelona arts scene will host, Decadent Pigeons, opening January 12. This collaboration will be created by Lisa Klappe and Joachim Van Den Hurk. (see the Scoop for a review of another Van Den Hurk show). They acknowledge the dependence that people used to have on pigeons, and how the effect is now reversed. With a combination of photos, neon tube lighting and iron sculpture, the show will demonstrate “…the phenomenon on different levels (decadence and fear).” Ok, a weird theme and one that will provoke, whether you like it or not.
Lisa, from Antwerp, Belgium is an international photographer of fashion, design, and people, often creating a tension between ugliness and beauty. Joachim lives in Barcelona and Auch, France. As an internationally known artist, his installations, paintings and sculptures have been known to provoke, and make people laugh and cry.
Check out the Decadent Pigeons show. I hope it makes me laugh. I vote for the Great Pigeon Giveaway Program which would give the millions of tourists who visit Barcelona each year a free pigeon to take home – an easy item to tuck under one’s plane seat. It is a win-win trade out and Regina and I can walk across Plaza Catalunya without tripping over a fucking pigeon. I am hoping that Lisa and Joachim will also give away free pigeons at their show. I will say, “No thanks.”
Opening January 12
Time: 8.00 p.m.
Place: Galeria Casa Elizalde, C/Valencia 302, Barcelona