ReBeladas by Marta Fàbregas


Marta Fàbregas Aragall

March 19 to May 19, 2022

Since its origins in 2016, the Colonized series has reflected on how women have been colonized by men, society or tradition throughout history. Her works consist of recovering archive photographs from the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th in which women were portrayed with an ethnological purpose, and intervening on them through an original technique. In this way, she attributes a new meaning to them, giving them back a lost or forgotten identity and their freedom. That is why the name of the exhibition "ReBeladas" brings together the women represented in the works of Fàbregas in an act of rebellion or liberation, which, at the same time, plays with the concept of photographic development associated with analog photography.

As mentioned in the text by Mireia Rosich in the exhibition catalog “The enigmatic faces of the great works of Marta Fàbregas challenge us. They take us into the imaginary story of a life.” Each portrait is the object of a new identity to a woman who was silenced, to an expropriated body, deprived of her freedom, part of a colonial or patriarchal society. Women, who were once captured by the male gaze and are now reinvented through the hands of Marta Fàbregas.

After searching the archive and choosing a story, a face, a woman, Fàbregas makes a digital edition adapting the photograph to her plastic needs. She then transfers the image to paper with a technique she calls herself transphotography: the process of gluing, rinsing, and tearing the watercolor paper onto which the image is transferred. This process leaves a unique impression on the paper, a texture or small emulsions that give an appearance of the passage of time or that the paper has been incinerated, in the style of Alberto Burri's combustions.

But the process does not end there. The use of the collage technique, placing the fragments of the portrait generating multiple approaches of the same part of the body, arise from his most symbolic and spiritual philosophy of decomposing and recomposing. For Fàbregas, all the parts are important because they explain something about the person, and together, as a whole, they make up the being. To recompose is to build again. The fragments of the portrait are then woven together with threads, an activity commonly associated with the feminine. The weaving has also given a particular style to the artist's signature, who weaves a number three instead of signing freehand.


Pigment Gallery
Trafalgar 70
08010 Barcelona

Opening hours

Monday to Friday from 10 to 20 h.
Saturdays from 11-14h and 16-20h.