“Rodalies (Cercanias) is an archive of images and sounds with a linear, kaleidoscopic and somehow festive narrative” says Antoni Miralda.
Quarantine trains – a series of videos created by Antoni Miralda, who wanted to experiment with the imagery of trains passing by, as seen from his studio in Poblenou – is set during the pandemic lockdown. When the world seemed to come to a halt, in what felt like an eternity inside our homes, well the trains – they didn’t stop.
Forced to stay inside, we had those long weeks in which we only saw life from our windows. And that’s also what Miralda did, staying inside too, and filming the trains from his window, and then putting the footage together in a series of kaleidoscopes which, in my opinion at least, says:
The world didn’t stop, it’s just us who did.
The trains were empty but never ceased to move. Furthermore, the graffiti covering them was notably becoming more complex – a sign that urban art didn’t stop, as well. The video was presented, in collaboration with Galeria Senda, in the 2020 LOOP Fair.
Antoni Miralda (Terrassa, 1942) is a multidisciplinary artist whi lives and works between Miami and Barcelona. In 1971, he moved to New York and, since then, he has influenced public space in the United States and Europe. In the mid-90s, starting from the concept of food as culture, together with chef Montse Guillén they created the FoodCulturaMuseum, an archive of multiple projects that has a long history of activities and exhibitions.
In 1984, Miralda and Montse Guillén created the renowned restaurant El Internacional Tapas Bar & Restaurant in the TriBeCa neighborhood of New York. In 1990, Miralda presented, in the Spanish Pavilion of the Venice Biennale, the Honeymoon Project, and in 2010. The most notable retrospective of his works, De gustibus non disputandum, was displayed at the Velázquez Palace in Madrid, and organized by the Reina Sofía Museum, in 2010.
Check this short interview with Antoni Miralda published on The Spaces website, with some photos of his workshop in Poblenou – the place where his Quarantinetrains project also started and developed.