Núria Güell’s artistic practice continuously challenges moral and legal conventions when, for example, she offers herself as a bride to random Cuban man who wants to get a Spanish passport, or when, in reverse, she tries to become stateless herself. Her lecture revolves around the use of provocation in contemporary art practice, and in her own practice in particular, closed and open meanings, political art, moral imperatives and the ethics of consequences.
Part of Episode XXII: “Provoke Me if You Can. The Crisis of Artistic Disturbances”
With Núria Güell, Renzo Martens & Florian Malzacher
8. February 2023 – Playground Munich
Núria Güell’s practice is a practice of confrontation, of questioning evidence and moral conventions. It usually involves moving pieces, involves action —be it legal or not—, involves moving individuals—be they accomplices or not—, or carrying out bureaucratic procedures. It also means making the public institutions that hire my services move in a direction they have not previously explored; it means getting them engaged instead of being mere spectators. Núria doesn’t understand artistic practice as a cultural practice, but quite the opposite: as a socially and politically necessary practice in which the cultural and the established are brought into play.