Under Bamby’s Eye Verónica Gerbe Bicecci
The last of four special publications to accompany a year-long display of works from Barcelona’s la Caixa Collection at Whitechapel Gallery, selected by and featuring newly-commissioned fictional works by some of the most original English and Spanish-language writers working today. Established in Barcelona in 1985 by la Caixa Banking Foundation, the la Caixa Collection features over 1,000 works of international contemporary art from the last 30 years, includ-ing artists such as Antoni Tapies, Joseph Beuys, Cornelia Parker and Doris Salcedo. For a major four-part display running from 2019-20, Whitechapel Gallery has partnered with la Caixa to showcase key pieces from the Collection, with each of the four ‘chapters’ curated by a contemporary writer, who will also contribute a brand new work of fiction in response to their selection. Each display will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue featuring the works displayed and the new text. The final chapter, on display in Spring 2020, will be selected by Valeria Luiselli (b. Mexico City, 1983; lives in New York). She has written for The New York Times, McSweeney’s, Dazed & Confused and Granta, and her published books include the novels Faces in the Crowd (2012), The Story of My Teeth (2015) and Lost Children Archive (2019), which has been longlisted for the 2019 Booker prize.