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Adrià Julià’s video and photo installation La Reunion (2008) considers the spiritual limitations of performance by conflating the history of the socialist utopian community formed in 1855 by French, Belgian, and Swiss colonists in Dallas with the present-day architecture of the now defunct Reunion Arena and the rallying cries of a present-day Dallas Stars hockey team cheerleader. In Julià’s installation, images of the resolutely capitalist architecture of Reunion Arena (1980–2008) and Reunion Tower (1978) stand symbolically in place for what has long disappeared since the height of Considérant’s community. The fervent passion of Considérant, known for his sermons about “America the Great” is here transmogrified into the passionate cheerleading of Cameron Hughes, who is striving to get an entire stadium crowd on its feet, a subject that Julià has deconstructed in both photography and slow motion film. In the humble yet charismatic Hughes, a correlation is made back to Considérant, an attempt by the artist to see the forces of human persuasion as universal.
Adrià Julià has been exhibiting his work for the past ten years. His most recent solo exhibitions have been hosted by Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California; LA><ART, Los Angeles; Insa Art Space, Seoul; Galería Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain; The Room Gallery, Irvine, California; Artists Space, New York,; Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain; Associates, London; Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, Spain. He has also been part of group exhibitions at Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria, Spain; Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria; 2007 Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France; New Langton Arts, San Francisco, California; O.K. Centrum, Linz, Austria; Städtische Galerie, Bremen, Germany; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany; Edith-Ruß-Haus, Oldenburg, Germany. Adrià Julià has received grants from Art Matters, American Center Foundation, Fundación Arte y Derecho-Vegap, Institut Ramon Llull and EDAC, “La Caixa” Fellowship program and in 2002 he was awarded the Altadis Prize. He is currently preparing an exhibition for Museo Tamayo, Mexico City.