© 2017 by Joan Ill.

EQUORUM ITER

Khan Asaad Pasha, Syria, 17.10 - 07.11.2009

The exhibition “Equorum Iter: The Journey of Horses“ by Catalan artist Joan Ill, consists of a large-scale video installation combined with some of the artist’s last paintings from the Horse Frames series. This project involves an uninterrupted dialogue between five large-scale (16 m tall and 6 metres wide) video pieces that revolve around the topic of the Arabian horse and which are projected simultaneously during the exhibition on translucent canvasses used by the artist for his paintings. Thus, through an intense poetic dialogue which bursts out in multiple directions, the videos intertwine fragmentary images of different Arabian horses filmed during the summer of 2009 in the Catalan Pyrenees. Each scene is open to the interpretation of the visitor and is thus transformed into a metaphor delving into memory, the historic relationship between the Middle East and the Western world over the centuries and, more obviously, into the inescapable admiration of man towards the strength and beauty of Nature.

 

Idea: Joan Ill

Text: Raquel Medina

Equorum Iter / The journey of horses, was exhibited in Damascus last October with the aim to foster cultural bonds between the Middle East and the Western world and was held under the auspices of the khan Assad Basha, the Instituto Cervantes of Damascus and the Institut Ramon Llull. Joan Ill has worked in a second exhibition Project in Damascus during 2009 titled HORSE FRAMES, hosted by the Mustafa Ali Foundation. Both exhibitions are revolve around the topic of the Arabian horses filmed during the summer of 2009 in the Catalan Pyrenees.


Each scene is open to the interpretation of the visitor and is transformed into a metaphor delving into memory, the historic relationship between the Middle East and the Western world over the centuries and, more obviously, into the anescapable admiration of man towards the strength and beauty of Nature...which
we all belong to.

 

“Over the centuries horses have been a vehicle of conquest, pride and power, as well as a tool to transfer culture and foster cooperation: a living example of a glorious past of Sorong bonds between civilizations.”

Joan ill, 2003

"Equorum Iter", 2005