This autobiographical piece describes the complexities in the search for identity of a mixed-race girl who grew up in a mainly white environment. Concern and necessity prompted her to write about how being mixed heritage affects the construction of one’s identity. Rather than being perceived as something rich and diverse, for some this identity becomes an absolute loss of personality and a continuous reconstruction of it.
Ianire Gallego is from Alcorcón, Madrid. Although she is a clinical researcher, she has always been involved in the arts through dance, and since she was a child, writing has helped her to find calm in moments of doubt. After taking part in the residency for African and Afro-descendant artists at @Konventzero and collaborating in the seventh edition of @blackbarcelona_afro this year, she decided to continue investigating her life and give form to her work.
The eighth edition of KONVENT A L’ANTIC: a once-a-year chance to see, in Barcelona, the creations of resident artists at Konvent de Cal Rosal, a former convent of the late 19th century converted into a multidisciplinary and selfmanaged artistic centre.
For the 2023 season, Konvent provided residencies to creators from specific fields working on specific themes, with the aim of delving deeper into the subjects, disciplines and contexts we believe require special attention in the times we’re living in.
So, for this year’s edition of Konvent a l’Antic we have selected proposals that move us personally and that represent the diversity that exists within artistic creation and our society, highlighting both historically sidelined collectives and currently relevant themes.
Just like Antic Teatre, Konvent is a cultural agitator: a space for the arts and, at the same time, a way of practicing and understanding local culture. The continuous tracking and observation of the artistic environment, empowerment and providing visibility are some of the self-imposed duties of both establishments. The Antic Teatre-Konvent combo has produced many wide-ranging projects, such as Rebota rebota y en tu cara explota, by Agnés Mateus and Quim Tarrida, which won the Premio de la Crítica Nuevas Tendencias 2017, Premio FAD Sebastià Gasch Aplauso 2018 and Premio Butaca 2018 Nuevas Aportaciones Escénicas.