Javier Codesal

Javier Codesal (1958) is a visual artist, filmmaker and poet. His projects may incorporate videos, photographs, drawings or texts and follow several closely related lines. Popularity, orality and song, as well as certain ritual elements, have been present since his beginnings in the eighties. Also recurrent has been the treatment of the body as a place of difference, seat of enjoyment and eroticism, as well as fragility, illness and death, with special attention to violence. And all this from the perspective of rehearsing the most stripped-down forms of cinema. 

His exhibitions include: Trompetas (Galería Elba Benítez, Madrid, 2023), Evangelio en Granada (Meta) (Fundación BBVA, Madrid, 2019), Ponte el cuerpo (MUSAC, León, 2015), Los pies que faltan (MACBA, Barcelona, 2014), Dentro y fuera de nosotros (La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona, 2009), Javier Codesal (Espacio Uno, MNCARS, Madrid, 1999).

He has published, in poetry and essay, "Canción de Pedro Costa" (La Virreina and Joaquín Gallego editor, 2022), "Retrato y otro" (Libros de la resistencia, 2021), "Textos de obra" (Libros de la resistencia, 2020), "Un eclipse no se elige" (Amargord, 2018), "Dos películas" (Periférica, 2010), "Feliz humo" (Periférica, 2009), "Ha nacido Manuel" (Icaria, 2005), "Imagen de Caín" (Icaria, 2002), and the artist books "Cuaderno de Frederman" (author's edition, 2020) and "El ogro" (Caniche Editorial, 2019). 

His latest videos and films are: Trompetas (2023), Evangelio mayor (2021), Calavera resumida (2020), Evangelio en Granada (Meta) (2019) and Testimonio de Frederman (2019). Commissioned by the Filmoteca de Andalucía, between 1993 and 1996, he was in charge of the reconstruction and completion of the film Acariño Galaico, by José Val del Omar.