• 00:01 I work with the real.
  • 00:24 In 2004 I’m off to Cuba.
  • 03:37 I’m done with sculpture. I go through a crisis with artistic practice. The responsibility of having a public voice. The link with the other.
  • 06:10 Back to Cuba. Tania Bruguera's Behaviour Art School. "Access to What Is Denied" (2008).
  • 07:50 Privileges. The power of passports.
  • 09:30 I will become the wife of the Cuban boy who writes me the most beautiful love letter in the world. "Humanitarian Aid" (2008-2013).
  • 14:29 A mechanism for subverting immigration laws. A tonne of legal research.
  • 16:46 Pushing boundaries from the art world. Privileges are always at work, but they are not as fixed as people think.
  • 21:10 Complicity, not collaboration.
  • 21:54 I put cameras everywhere. Editing processes.
  • 23:55 If the work sells, we split the profits equally.
  • 26:58 A cosy love film.
28/02/2023 28' 8''
"Ayuda humanitaria", 2008-2013. Colección MACBA. Depósito de la Generalitat de Cataluña. Colección Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo. © Núria Güell

Núria Güell’s artistic practice always starts with a contradiction or social conflict that she feels directly challenged or affected by. These give rise to long collaborative processes in which listening, legal research, negotiation, and confrontation—as well as affinities and affects—become essential creative tools. Her practice is part of her life, and it often involves taking legal, physical, and emotional risks. In FONS AUDIO #55, Núria Güell talks to us about the processes, conversations, research, and formalisation behind the making of Ayuda humanitaria (Humanitarian aid) (2008-2013), a piece she began during the years she spent in in Cuba, which became part of the MACBA Collection in 2021.

Conversation: Loli Acebal, Txe Roimeser, Ricardo Cárdenas and Anna Ramos. Script: Loli Acebal. Sound production: Violeta Ospina. Voice over: Anna Ramos.

Image: "Ayuda humanitaria" ("Humanitarian aid"), 2008-2013. MACBA Collection. Government of Catalonia long-term loan. National Collection of Contemporary Art © Núria Güell

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