22 oct. 2014

"Magic Rooms", the origins

Magic rooms is my first series about the phenomena of culture consumption and how we look at art. The pictures are made in 2009 and 2010, but it was shown as a fine-art series in 2011. This work obtained the El Pati de la Llotja award and was invited to participate at the EMERGENT Photography and Visual Arts International Festival (Lleida, Spain, 2011). Magic Rooms has been exhibited France (REGARDS Rencontres de Photographie - Villenueve de la Rivière, 2012), Spain (Sala EnArt photo&co -Lleida, 2012, LOOP Fair -Barcelona, 2012) and nowadays one can enjoy it in Germany (Gat Point Charlie – Berlin, 2014).

                                                                                            The watcher (2009)

                                                                                     Emerging absence (2009)

This is the original text I wrote in 2011 to decribe the series:

It moves me to observe people looking at something or someone. Perhaps it is because I identify with the person that stops to contemplate that which has caught their attention. I find that the attitude of observing the unknown and following it with the gaze reveals individuals as they truly are, stripped of their emotional armour and identifying clothes. Magic Rooms is my first photographic incursion on this theme and a small ode to contemplation.

This series of photographs is situated in a singular context: a fair of video art exhibited in the rooms of a hotel (LOOP fair, Hotel Catalonia Ramblas, Barcelona, 2009 and 2010). A labyrinth of corridors and bedrooms submerged in the darkness required for displaying the work. An enclosed space whose only windows to the exterior are fictions of light and movement. And it is that veil that separates fiction and reality that fades until it disappears into the shadows that envelop everything. The privacy associated with the idea of a bedroom contrasts with the presence of a public that circulates freely into every corner of the hotel. The spaces are shared and the concept of intimacy is redefined. Ultimately, the visitors are strangers that find themselves in the same bed, sharing a sofa or hiding in the same bathroom. Everyone visible under the half light of the video projections. Everyone submerged in the contemplation of the works.

                                                                                  The Rite (2009)

                                                                                             The witness (2009)

                                                                                       Backward glance (2010)

                                                                                           Failed meeting (2010)

                                                                                                The dock (2010)

                                                                                            The threshold (2010)

                                                                                          The experiment (2010)

                                                                                          Out of nothing (2009)

Magic Rooms can be also seen in my webpage.

Here I let some articles related to this work that were published in different media.

 Sortir (num.133) Sumpplement of L'Independent (18-05-2012, Perpignan, France)

Review by Josep Miquel Garcia- Diari Segre 30-09-2012 (Lleida, Spain)

The Sunday supplement - Lectura Segre 756 (18-11-2012, Lleida, Spain)

Remote viewing - A Book by Loop and Arts Santa Monica (2009, Barcelona)

And some pictures of the exhibition during the festival REGARDS Rencontres de Photographie (Villenueve de la Rivière, France, 2012).




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