Black House, White House is a project built on an old house, the Duran Sanpere House, a bourgeois property built in the late 19th century. The project works from a feminist point of view. I choose this path of work to counteract and deconstruct the way these types of spaces have been traditionally explained, usually from a heteropatriarchal perspective.
The research process that I immerse myself in leads me to discover the stories of two of the women who lived in this house, Elisa Sanpere Labrós, who has been mourning rigorously for 26 long years of her life, and Herminia Grau Ayma, who lives from a position opposite to this one, she is the one who opens the house after these 26 long years of lethargy, at the same time, she will be the one who will begin the arduous task to translate for the first time into Catalan the Second Sex of Simone de Beauvoir, in 1968 during the Francoist period, a historical event that until now no one had taken into account when explaining this property. My job is to give visibility and vindicate this fact, giving the possibility of other views on the house. I propose to situate ourselves in these spaces by and from contemporary art, claiming that the building of the historian and archivist Duran Sanpere - which he is known for - is also the house of the translator Herminia Grau Ayma, in equality of conditions.
Black house, white house. Casa Duran Sanpere, Cervera. 2015-16