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'The other side'

Collective exhibition

Agustín Serisuelo «XYZ»

September 2021

Gallery of art contemporary located in the historic center of Valencia. It emerges with the aim of offering an intergenerational proposal of large-caliber art, whose speech is complemented by the voice of avant-garde artists.


The Gallery It has two spaces.
Main Hall. It is committed to a repertoire of established artists from the current scene.
Shelter space. Exhibition of avant-garde concepts, offering a selection of works by emerging artists of great projection.

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Gallery in Valencia

Shiras gallery was founded in 2015, under the artistic direction of Sara Joudi. It is located on Vilaragut street in the historic center of the Valencia city, located in a historic building dating from the 40s next to the Plaza de Rodrigo Botet. Shiras is a member of the Consortium of Galleries of Contemporary Art of Spain, Lavaca (Association of Contemporary Art Galleries of the Valencian Community) and the association Valencia Excellence.
It emerges with the aim of offering an intergenerational proposal of high-caliber committed artists whose discourse is complemented by the voice of more emerging artists.
The gallery, on the one hand, with the Main hall, it celebrates our commitment to contemporary art undertaken by a selected repertoire of established artists within the current scene. On the other hand, we have our Shelter spaceOnce built as a war refuge, this intimate and isolated room, safeguarded by wide exposed brick walls, offers an exhibition space for avant-garde concepts, ephemeral installations and launching of a selection of emerging artists of high projection. On occasion, the works of permanent artists or works from gallery collections are also exhibited.

This intergenerational dialogue is part of the gallery's program, which is committed to showing painting, sculpture, drawing and installation or video art projects, being a current window towards the most avant-garde contemporary trends.
This short text is part of a review by Victor de Segrelles published in the Levante newspaper ("postscript") on December 7, 2019.
«Located in a place in the central street of Vilaragut, Valencia, very close to jewels of our heritage in the Valencian Community such as the Marqués de Dos Aguas Palace or the Abadía de San Martín, in one of the most beautiful enclaves of Valencia. The exhibition hall is divided into two spaces. The Main Hall, on the ground floor, where the most conventional exhibition program takes place. And the Refuge Space in the basement of this old bourgeois house, a refuge built during the civil war in which the gallery hosts site-specific projects and exhibitions and other content.
Among the exhibitions you carry out in the Main Hall, since its inauguration in 2015, those dedicated to important Valencian artists stand out, of recognized prestige, such as the one that brought together a selection of sculptures (in bronze, steel or terracotta), multiples, photographs, drawings and watercolors of the always great Valencian artists Miquel Navarro, complemented by one of his characteristic installations of cities displayed in the Refuge Space, or the exhibitions of Rosa Torres, Rafa Calduch, Antoni Girbés, Francisco Sebastián, Nicolau, Javier Chapa and Horacio Silva in the gallery his second solo "Intro-versions" with the collaboration of the critic Fernando Castro Flórez). Other Valencian artists have also exhibited, or those linked to our panorama of later generations such as Jose Saborit, painter and poet, Guerrero Tonda, Ana Vernia, Nuria Rodriguez, Toño Barreiro, Juan Fabuel, Carolina Valls or Juan Olivares.
Very prominent was the exhibition-dialogue between two artists Double or Nothing, in which Cuqui Guillen and Mavi Escamilla, two Valencian artists, presented their recent works and a wonderful series of papers made with “four hands”.
Or the exhibition Reflejos, curated by the Valencian artist Sheila Toledo in which, with the link between the research and use of glass in her works, works by international artists from different countries (Jens Gussek, Anna Herrgott, Masami Hirohata, Sheila Toledo, Jens Maggee, Christian Schultz, Susanne Kunkel and Verena Sachtz).
And also the collectives through which it has been incorporating younger Valencian creators such as Alicia Torres or Samuel Nieto.
Small projects by Christine Bauer & Herbert Egger, two artists with international careers, Nieves Torralba, Josep Ginestar, Ricardo Escavy, and other more experimental proposals have passed through the small Refugio Space. »