Fictional Reality – Room #2315 – Spring Break Art Show

Lelaina Pierce: I was really going to be somebody by the time I was 23.

Troy Dyer: Honey, all you have to be by the time you're 23 is yourself.

Lelaina Pierce: I don't know who that is anymore.

- Reality Bites, 1994

Spanish curator Gregorio Cámara is thrilled to present the work of Spanish artists Julia Llerena y Nacho Martín Silva at 2018's edition of SPRING/BREAK Art Show.

Following 2018 Spring Break Art Show’s theme A Stranger Comes to Town, Cámara's exhibiting proposal is titled Fictional Reality. This curatorial statement aims to portrait the confrontation of reality and fiction as the mechanism that determines our memories, and hence the definition of familiar versus strange. Construction of narratives through research is portrait as camouflage for deception.

Nacho Martín Silva lives and works in Madrid and has designed a site-specific installation from the series titled Tirar del Hilo Hasta Quedar Ciego. Here, he makes use of different media, such as, vinyl, photographic paper prints and most importantly oil on canvas to convey a multifocal narrative. Antonioni, Degas, Leonardo, Sputnik, the dark side of the moon and the invisible men of the Amazon they are all represented. His pallet navigates in the shades of black, grey and white.

Martín Silva works with big formats and decomposing the image is a constant feature in his practice. Enigmatic episodes, far from simply representing historical events, offer a whole set of optics to approach that single moment in time, which questions its veracity.


Julia Llerena lives and works in Madrid, and through a site-specific installation reflects on the role of language as a record of the reality that surrounds us. Following a process of recollection, classification and archival of found objects, she creates an alphabet and language of her own. Based on that code, Julia arranges these objects to transcribe a fragment of a text, which in this case is piece of anti-Spanish propaganda from the 16th century.

Llerena presents an account of reality through scientific mechanisms, which serves to convey veracity to that story. That is, viewers shall tend to believe in the truthfulness of the transcribed text based on the formality of its representation. Once revealed to the audience the falsity of these accusations, the artifice vanishes and the record is questioned. It's a Fictional Reality.

Curator: Gregorio Cámara – - +34 678 859 484

Artists: Julia Llerena and Nacho Martín Silva

Room #: 2315