Somethingpolis I, 2018, Glazed and unglazed terracotta, plumbing pipes, cement, plaster of paris, polyurethane foam, digital prints on archival paper, found shards.
The city as a living, breathing, growing entity. Marked by the movement and the stagnation of people. A documenter of stories and histories. Of mistakes and genius. Of sense and nonsense. A capitalist monster devouring land, devouring time. The embodiment of destruc- tion, destitution, conflict, loss. But also of brilliance, innovation, wonder, hope. A collector of dreams, of ambitions.
Was it ever just a settlement of people? A matter of convenience? A space of stability, of security. Home.
It may be that the city is not what we thought it was, or even that it has ceased to exist. Not that this would be a catastrophe because it is in the nature of things to be born, to grow and to die. *
The work is a dialogue between an archive of objects and photo documentation. These, while redefining and reclaiming the city, negotiate notions of belonging/excluding and placement/displacement.
Somethingpolis II, 2018
Ceramics, Archival Ink on Archival Paper, Found and Altered Shards
Bits (Somethingpolis III), 2018, Terracotta, Cement, Plaster of Paris
* Ramoneda J. (Conference lectured at Yale University, 2003). A philosophical idea of the city. Re- trieved from http://www.publicspace.org/en/text-library/eng/7-una-idea-filosofica-de-ciutat