≪From our office window we can hear the screams of the Quaker parrots, a species from Argentina that has adapted very well to the Mediterranean climate and lives together with other local birds since more than a decade. It is a colourful element that contrasts with the local fauna of pigeons, doves and sparrows. These green parrots reinforce Barcelona’s pseudo-tropical image, that of a holiday destination that brings each year more than seven million tourists looking for sun and party. Nowadays we can say that we are closer to the global south than anything that happens culturally beyond the Pyrenees. Similar to what the Argentinian parrot did, we have to adapt to certain conditions through other economies and other ways of doing, linked to generosity and to a close relation with the artists, the audience and a critical discourse»
The Green Parrot is a non-profit organisation dedicated to contemporary art practices. It was founded in April 2014 by João Laia and Rosa Lleó. They both curated a programme of exhibitions at a space located in the centre of the city of Barcelona until June 2016. In September 2016 started the second iteration of The Green Parrot, as a resident project at Fundació Antoni Tàpies and run only by Rosa Lleó. From now on our projects will not be only exhibitions, they will take the form of events, parties or publications, and will be happening around the world. In parallel to this, we still produce and sell new Limited Editions and Readers.