MUSAC, Contemporary Art Museum of Castille and Leon

February the 20th-June 19th, 2016

Wanda Jackson was the first to sing Hard Headed Woman in 1954 following the fast-paced style later called Rock and Roll. However, the song only became a hit when Elvis Presley recorded it in 1958 and he was considered to be the pioneer of this new style of music, thus hiding her contribution. This anecdote perfectly illustrates the role of women in many cultural and artistic fields, as well as, and with crystalline clarity, in the world of music. This role has changed over time, and although some barriers have been broken down, there still remains a certain “glass ceiling” that manifests itself in many ways. MUSAC’s Showcase Project is an exploration of women’s presence in music culture, its current state and its evolution over time.

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Girls! Why did you decide to start a band? was an audiovisual exhibition co-curated by Elena Gallen and the editorial team of Lados Magazine, Amparo Fuentes and Javier Mielgo, who initiated the project with a series of dialogues and concerts “Diálogos Musicales. Volumen Femme”. Held from February to June 2016 at MUSAC (Contemporary Art Museum of Castille and Leon), the exhibition included parallel activities such as workshops and a printed publication.

Besides co-curating and designing the installation, I made a multi-screen film intertwining statements by music artists Fee Reega, Lorena Álvarez, Ainara LeGardón, LCC and PL Girls that was the core of the experience.