Azahara Cerezo | When speed skating is brought into the spotlight, 2014-2015
This project was developed during her two-month artist residency at the 1646 project space in The Hague, Holland, carried out through the residency exchange grant awarded by the Bòlit Contemporary Art Centre, Girona, Spain. It focuses on Antonio Gómez, a Spanish speed skater who competed in various international competitions without any funding from Spanish institutions. Despite being a complete unknown in Spain, he became a very popular personality in Holland. Speed skating in Holland is almost as important as football and speed skaters enjoy the same recognition and admiration as top footballers. On the basis of these elements, she searches for the relationship between this personal story and other elements, such as the construction of a sports star and the social context, in order to explore Dutch culture and society more deeply.
The installation consists of two videos (one showing a competition in which the Spanish skater “Speedy Gòmez” takes part, and the other showing the annual preparation of the ice rink in The Hague) and a set of 21 autographs of Dutch skaters, some of which were bought on eBay and some of which are forgeries.
When speed skating is brought into the spotlight, 2014-2015
Single channel video on loop, HD, colour, sound, 1’30”. 1980
Single channel video on loop, HD, colour, sound, 2’17”. 2014
Set of 21 autographs, digitally printed on paper. 2014-2015