Antoni Hervàs’ practice stems from research around the limits of drawing. This discipline, simple and elastic in its essence, allows other disciplines to surface, such as performance, narrative and archives. In this way, using collage as an interdisciplinary strategy, new narratives are generated and transmitted through preformative actions and collective experiences. This hybrid approach, which entails working with various groups and their archives, builds stories of activism, support structures, survival strategies and community.
While on residency at Gasworks Antoni will extend his recent work on Roller Derby communities in Barcelona, connecting this to Roller Derby communities in London. He see this as a way to better understand the practices of community, campaigning and support that take place within this marginal sport, which has undergone an evolution from sports entertainment (where theatrical elements overshadow athleticism) to a women-organised amateur contact sport with DIY aesthetics at its core: the WFTDA, or Women's Flat Track Derby Association.
Antoni Hervàs studied fine arts at the University of Barcelona (2006) and completed coursework in engraving and printing at the Escola de la Llotja. His most recent solo exhibitions include Hércules en la Luna (2012), at the Espai Cultural Caja, Madrid, Kakanoures y Kitschades (2015) at the Galeria Sis, Sabadell, which then travelled to Agón at the Galeria etHALL, Barcelona in 2016, El Misterio de Caviria (2016), at La Capella, Barcelona, awarded with the Barcelona’s visual arts grant of 2016 and the ACCA prize for artistic Project of 2016) and the upcoming The Rubbery at 1646 Den Haag, NED.
Antoni Hervàs' residency is supported by Acción Cultural Espanola.