Joan Casellas (Teià, Catalunya, 1960) is a visual artist, documentary photographer and action artist. He studied mural techniques at the Massana School in Barcelona (1974-1979), lived in New York (1986-1991) and graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona (1993-1998).
In 1976, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Dada movement, together with his companions from the Massana School, he created the group Dada Attack Again, with which he carried out a multitude of actions and happenings. In 1979 he presented his first solo exhibition at Espai 10 of the Fundació Miró in Barcelona: Objectes de Sostre, Objectes de Taula, Objectes de Terra: a set of neo-Dada objects influenced by Marcel Duchamp and Joan Brossa.
Among other places he has had solo exhibitions at the Fundació Espais in Girona (1987), the Bridgewater-Lutsber Gallery in New York (1989), the ICA Institute of Contemporary Art in London (1994), the H2O Gallery in Barcelona (1995 and 2001) and the Arts Santa Monica in Barcelona (2002 and 2006). He has participated in the exhibition ACCIÓ a provisional history of the 90s at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2020-2021).
In 1992 he created the magazine Aire (1992-1999), which would later become the Arxiu Aire (1992-2021), and in 2015 La Muga Caula: International Meeting of Poetry, Action and Performance (2005-2019) and in 2020 Mugacaula Action in Theory.
He is a founding member of Revista Parlada de Viva Veu (1993-1995), Red Arte (1995-1998) Club 7 (1996-1998) Rag (1998), La Figuera Critica de Barcelona (1998), Kabaret Obert (2002-2008) and Corpologia (2011-2015).
He has presented his live work in Europe, Quebec, New York, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Santiago de Chile, Valparaiso, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Seoul, Wonju and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. His recent work Plaça d’Ocata is a photo-video-novel to be watched on mobile phones.
Image: L’Acció Concentracio 2 at MACBA, Barcelona. Photographer: Joan Casellas-Arxiu Aire