Adriana Petit (born 1984 in Palma de Mallorca) is a multidisciplinary artist currently based in Berlin. Her main mediums of choice include photography, collage, music, writing and video. Nonetheless, her work is characterized by a predominance of content over medium, exploring the relationship between contraries from an autobiographical and deconstructionist point of view. The absence of academic training and the scarce institutional coverage contribute to locate her in the outskirts of the mainstream art context, and digital platforms like Tumblr, Flickr or YouTube are her usual exhibition channels. She has lived and worked at Madrid and Barcelona.
- 2009 – "Honne". Individual exhibition at Fundació Martí Vicens (Pollença).
- 2013 – "Tots som putes" (Spanish for "We are all prostitutes"). Collective exhibition for webzine 40Putes birthday, at Galeria Pelaires (Palma de Mallorca).
- 2013 – "Blackmatic". Exhibition with the artist Marcelo Víquez in the context of Photopalma's First Focus Advisor, at ABA Art – Convent de la Missió (Palma de Mallorca).
- 2013 – "Outfoto 2013". Collective exhibition at Espai d'Art Waka (Palma de Mallorca).
- 2014 – "Los últimos serán los últimos" (Spanish for "The last ones will be the last ones"). Individual exhibition at 33/45 bar Barcelona.
One of the reasons why in 2013 she went to live in Barcelona was the will to experience closely the emerging dark wave and punk scene that existed there, as it is explicited in the anthropological character of her photographic work of that period. But besides photography, she and Bernat from Orden Mundial decided to start a videographical documentation project under the moniker of Ruidos Salvajes (Spanish for "Wild Noises"), in which by the means of an homonymous YouTube channel they went on uploading an inventory of video recordings of concerts that mapped that scene. Bands like Belgrado, Una Bèstia Incontrolable, +++, Orden Mundial, ·Y·, Maquina Muerta, Crimen de Estado, Demonios Salvajes, Diät, Pena Máxima, COÀGUL, Pharmakon, Barcelona, Siega and Absurdo are part of the recordings of this platform, that ceased to exist when one year later Bernat left Barcelona and Adriana centered herself in other priorities.
From the time she spent in Buenos Aires when she was 19 years old and in her successive cities of residence, Adriana Petit has worked in several rather unsuccessful ephemereal musical projects, which have been more fruitful as drafts that helped to configure her quest for her own sound language than as music bands in the conventional sense of the term. Sometimes these projects worked at the same time as a creative means of experiential recording, which at the end is nothing more than the translation of her general work's autobiographical constant into sound.
From 2007 to 2013 Adriana was part of a duo called Muso Fntasma, together with argentinian Pedro Amoidio from the band called Dios. Musically, Muso Fantasma is based in sound collage and spoken word, using samplers, effects, keyboards, electric guitar and industrial percussions. In 2009 they released a CD album called "Se puede bailar con los demonios pero siempre en actitud de fiesta" (Spanish for "You can dance with the demons but always in a party mood") on the Greek label More Mars, as the second instalment of the "Anarthria" series.
In 2013 Adriana started a post-punk band called "V", together with Rafa (from the bands Orden Mundial, Trance and Escorpio) and the artist Andrea Jarales, from which it only exists one video recording played live in a rehearsal room.
Esperit Maleït (Catalan for "Cursed Spirit") was a sound and collage-installation art project developed by Adriana together with Andrea Jarales in an artist-in-residence program in the Catalan village of Moià, in the context of the Ex Abrupto 2014 Art Festival. By the means of manipulating words and sounds extracted from Moià's anthropological environment, Esperit Maleït was created just for the occasion and it was exclusively formalized in the shape of a tuned room and a concert.
Carne Roja (Spanish for "Red Meat") was a musical project that Adriana started to develop solo along 2015. In a first stage Carne Roja consisted in single songs with an explicit neofolk approach that she uploaded at Bandcamp one by one, including a Death in June cover and a collaboration with Oriol Roca. After a short pause, during the same year she digitally published a first 6-track digital EP titled "Érase" (Spanish for "It was"), more noise-industrially oriented and with lyrics constructed from cut-ups from her own writings.
Mort Al Juny
In summer 2016 Adriana joined Mort Al Juny (Catalan for "Death in June") a project of videgraphical re-interpretations of Death in June songs in which Daniel Sedcontra and Marc O'Callaghan were working at the time. Adriana brought her aesthetics and audiovisual influence unto the project.
In a 2016 interview Adriana suggested that whenever Carne Roja got to the point of finding its own sound and being capable of playing live concerts, then it would cease to be called as it was and Adriana would start to use her own name. That first performance with her own name became real on 17 October 2016 at Freedonia venue in Barcelona, in the context of the second "Vigilar y Castigar" showcase commissioned by the Barcelonian label Cønjuntø Vacíø.
Some of Adriana Petit's photographies have been published as LP album covers, like that for the "I Can't Give You The Life You Want" compilation by the German label Blackest Ever Black or the one for the "Tot Encaixa!" album by Catalan musician Coàgul.
- Álvarez, Luciano (2 April 2016). "Bella Doliente" [Painful Beauty] (in Spanish). Self Zine. Retrieved 2016-12-08.
- Elcich, April (8 December 2016). "Adriana Petit". 2008-06-12. Not Paper. Retrieved 2016-12-08.
- O'keefe, Claire (15 October 2013). "Adriana DIY Petit" (in Spanish). Vice Magazine. Retrieved 2016-12-08.
- Petit, Adriana (16 May 2014). "La obsolescencia del arte" [Art's Obsolescence] (in Spanish). 40Putes. Retrieved 2016-12-08.
- "Muso Fantasma". Fault Magazine. 11 September 2010. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
- "Muso Fantasma". More Mars. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
- V (19 January 2014). "Thelema" (in Spanish). Ruidos Salvajes. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
- "Esperit Maleït" [Cursed Spirit] (in Catalan). Ex Abrupto. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
- "Residencia / Ex Abrupto". Andrea Jarales. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
- "Mort Al Juny: puesta de largo con She Said Destroy" (in Spanish). Shook Down. 3 July 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
- "Cønjuntø Vacíø Presenta: Vigilar Y Castigar #2" (in Spanish). Clubbing Spain. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
- "I Can't Give You The Life You Want". Blackest Ever Black. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
- Schneider, Uwë (28 May 2016). "My own quest is a transmission of energy. Interview with Marc O'Callaghan of Coàgul". African Paper. Retrieved 2015-12-15.