Maynou worked with artisanal processes of production in the rural Moroccan desert where he collaborated with local artisans to make his carpets. His collaborative projects are intended to encourage respect for both traditional and urban culture. His multidisciplinary approach is a form of contemporary storytelling.
In each of his carpets a story is concealed, notes made into icons, phrases and drawings to always remember that episode of his life.
His objects operate in the field of functionality but stretch their limits to humor.
Designer & Collection
Josep Maynou (1980)
He studied Fine Arts at UB (Barcelona), Faculta de Belas ArtesPorto (Porto) and Middlesex University (London). Maynou’s multidisciplinary approach comes together as a form of contemporary storytelling that situates itself beyond the traditional art formats, often leading to installations in contexts such as TV repair shops, private apartments, abandoned spaces, laundromats or second-hand stores. His rugs, like his posters or his lamps are inevitably transfigured when they enter the space of contemporary art but, once again, they become everyday objects and props for his performances.
Past solo shows include POPULAIRE. Curated by Arielle Bier, Lehmann + Silva, Porto (Portugal), Souk de Ouf. Metaxu, Toulon (France), Leisure (Bombon Projects, Barcelona), Thing1, Thing2 (Broken Dimanche, Berlin), Things: To do (Beverly’s, NYC) or The Ninja from Marrackech (Galerie Suvi Lehtinen, Berlin).
Recent performances include Pane Per Poveri (Laatrac, 14 th Documenta, Athens), Making Public Program (Fundació Tapies, Barcelona) and at Material Art fair (Mexico City).
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