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 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.
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.