p r o j e c t s: -Nominated for the Prix Pictet 2014-
On first glance at the series Factory Walls one is drawn to the abstract graphic compositions: Open, empty, white spaces broken by a colorful grid of rectangular windows, electrical sockets, pipes, emergency medical equipment and bright red fire hydrants. A random installation created by decontextualizing the walls from the rest of the factory.
The walls of a factory are what keep the workers and the outside world separated. Their emptiness and sterility are intentional. Within the factory neutral and impersonal space void of individual expression create a sober atmosphere where workers cannot easily de distracted and maximum productivity is encouraged.
These walls could be anywhere in the world: A sign in Spanish or a statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe are only 2 clues that let us know we are in a Catholic Spanish speaking country, in another photograph signs in English let us know we are elsewhere. One more manifestation of the landscape of global homogenization like super highways, shopping malls and housing projects, living rooms with plasma TVs and westernized kitchens, even our wardrobes make one culture indistinguishable from another. Following in step with the effect of industrial development, cultural identities are eroded away and evolve into a contemporary global modern standard, leaving an imprint of sanitized abstract beauty.
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