For Artissima 2019, Cristina Garrido (Madrid, 1986) has produced a brand new series entitled ?Roots and Labels?. She paints canvases on the back of flea markets. It has a sticker that is regularly used on fruits and vegetables, indicating their brand and geographical origin.
Thus, the Spanish artist questions the importance of territorial stamping in an artistic career. Every major period of art history has known these capital cities that attracted artists as lighthouses (Florence, Paris, New York). In our digital world, it is no longer a particular city that dominates, however, the geographical origin of artists can contribute to their emergence on the international scene.
The fashion effects are regular that see a sudden focus on one or the other geography space. Of course, political choices contribute radically to the visibility or invisibility of certain countries on the international art scene.
This stamping also refers to the question of nationalism. What makes one a Spanish or Catalan artist's Belgian or Flemish?
The stamping is also that of brands as some galleries have become self-slabelizing companies. The simple fact that an artist belongs to the stable of the so-called gallery makes him a world star.