Maria Teresa Codina, Catalunya-4, 1981, mixed media, SFU Art Collection. On long-term loan to the SFU Art Collection from the North American Catalan Society, 1989.

Anna Casas Aguilar on Maria Teresa Codina's Catalunya-4 (1981)

Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies and Wall Scholar at UBC
Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 12:30pm
SFU Gallery, Burnaby

Unpacking Art: Lunchtime Talks on Works in the SFU Art Collection is a speaker series that invites members of the SFU community to "unpack" the context and the questions raised by works of art in the collection. For our final talk in the series, Dr. Anna Casas Aguilar will present on Maria Teresa Codina's Catalunya-4 (1981). Catalunya-4 is one of the 27 artworks from the art collection of the North American Catalan Society, that have been on long-term loan at SFU since 1991.

Maria Teresa Codina (1926-2016) was born in Biarritz, France to parents who were Catalan exiles. She later lived and worked in Sant Cugat del Vallès, located on the outskirts of Barcelona. Codina studied at the Escola de Belles Arts in Barcelona (1951-1953) and continued her studies in Paris (1953-1956). After working primarily in painting she switched to textiles during the 1960s - at which point she also experimented with vegetal fiber and sackcloths - with an interest in exploring materiality and space. Codina has held exhibitions at the Fundació Juan Miró in Barcelona and the Museu de Sant Cugat del Vallés.

Dr. Anna Casas Aguilar is an Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies in the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies and Wall Scholar (2018-2019) at the University of British Columbia. Her research explores the intimate connections between gender, nationalisms and regionalisms in modern Spanish and Catalan literature and visual culture, particularly in autobiographical writings as well as in film and photography. She has published extensively on material culture, objects and the body in the Spanish-speaking world in peer-reviewed venues such as Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies and Romance Quarterly and has served as guest co-editor for a special volume of the Catalan Review.

This series encourages participation from audiences that are new to visual art and to the SFU Art Collection.

Unpacking Art is free and open to everyone. No advance preparation or registration is necessary. Bring your lunch.