01.07.2024 – 27.07.2024

Miguel Benjumea

Miguel Benjumea's artistic residency will focus on aljamiado literature, which emerged after the forced conversion of the Moriscos to Christianity, reflecting the linguistic hybridization in medieval Spain. This literature, written in Arabic script but in the Castilian language, allowed the Morisco community to preserve their heritage and customs, constituting a testament to cultural resistance.

During his stay, Benjumea will investigate the figure of the Mancebo de Arévalo, an enigmatic 16th-century Morisco writer and prominent exponent of aljamiado literature. The Mancebo documented proverbs, stories, and testimonies about the clandestine life of the Moriscos in Spain. Benjumea will use graphics extracted from his works to develop pieces that engage with the public space of Arévalo, creating new codes of resistance.

Miguel Benjumea, born in Cádiz in 1982, is an artist and researcher with a PhD in Fine Arts from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. His work examines historical and cartographic tensions in the definition of territory, appropriating cultural devices and formats to create new narratives. He has undertaken residencies at various institutions in Spain, Mexico, and the United States, and has exhibited his work in galleries and art centers such as the Centre Pompidou in Málaga and the Russian Museum.

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