Presentation

We are an artistic organization interested in promoting research and hybridization of disciplines and knowledge in the field of contemporary art. Through residency programs, publications and public activities, we want to promote spaces for affective and intellectual exchange between agents of different origins.

From a transfeminist and decolonial perspective, we summon people who seek to subvert power relations, hierarchies and Eurocentric models of doing, thinking, narrating and teaching the cultural phenomena of our time.

FelipaManuela carries out part of its activity in a domestic space located on the Paseo de las Delicias in Madrid. But its actions also extend to digital and publishing platforms. Annually, it publishes a book that gathers perspectives and reflections from some of the people who have been part of the space activities.

Curatorial Research Residencies
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María Elena Ortiz (Puerto Rico, 1984) and Diane Lima (Brazil, 1986). Meeting with Rubén H. Bermúdez and Manuela Villa in Matadero Madrid. November 2018.

Artistic Research Residencies
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Rheim Alkadhi (Irak, 1973), Asunción Molinos Gordo (España, 1979), Tomáš Uhnák (República Checa, 1984) e Isabella Lenzi (Brasil,1986). Visit to Guzmán, Burgos, as part of the project Oficina de Arqueología Imaginaria. November 2019.

Art & Education Research Residencies
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Daniel Sepúlveda (México, 1990) Menos Focault, más Shakira in Escuela Perturbable in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. January 2019.


The Place

FelipaManuela began its activity in 2011, as a cultural space dedicated to research, production and exchange between artists from Spain and Latin America, mainly. In the heart of the Delicias neighborhood, the house was transformed into an artistic residence, keeping much of the furniture and decoration of its former owner. A warm space that connected, from a particular memory, with the life of the city. A widow within a few years of getting married, Felipa Manuela Martínez managed to survive alone in the harsh years of the Spanish postwar period, thanks to her work as a seamstress and a support network made up of other women in the same situation. This model of life, which has allowed the solidarity co-organization of women's groups in all corners of the planet, has been a huge inspiration for this project.

Felipa Manuela and her sister Enriqueta in Madrid, during the years after the Spanish Civil War. Family album.

The house has two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen and a large dining room that, in addition to its domestic use, allows you to work, organize meetings and public presentations.

The Delicias neighborhood belongs to the old town of Madrid, full of small shops, bars and restaurants. It is also an area of ​​enormous cultural activity, close to galleries and institutions such as Matadero Madrid, La Casa Encendida, the Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum and the Paseo del Prado, which contains spaces such as the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. o CentroCentro Cibeles. In the perimeter near the house are also the Atocha station, the Retiro park and the Lavapiés neighborhood.

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Felipa Manuela is a non-profit Cultural Association, benefited with the grants to independent spaces of contemporary creation of the City of Madrid in the 2017, 2018-2019 y 2020-2021 open calls.

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