Opening: Thursday, October 27th at 8:00 pm
Thursday, October 27, the second solo exhibition of our represented artist Cecilia de Val opens at the camara oscura art gallery.
Current society of the spectacle has homogenised the urban landscape of cities worldwide. The zeal to generate tourism -both to attract and export it- and the creation of consumption has triggered the aspect of cities, always closely linked to the identity of their peoples, to change enormously in recent years.
For this project, De Val puts forward a reflection on the relationship between ruins and memory, or their immediate association. The fundamental idea of the project is to talk about a “place” via its ruins as a metaphor for memory and history.
“The contemplation of ruins lets us briefly glimpse the existence of a time which is not the time about which History books talk or which restorations try to revive. It is a pure time, to which no date may be assigned, not present in our world of images, shams and reconstitutions, and is not placed in our violent world, a world whose rubble which, short of time, can no longer become ruins. This is a lost time whose recovery is the duty of art.” - Marc Augé
The ultimate goal consists in rescuing these ruins as places whose state of neglect lends added value. It is as if this emphasizes the passing of time, as if that time, due to some reason that De Val tries to unveil, would have been less merciful and would have left a different mark. Places in which forms metamorphose, and on observing them, the viewer is shifted in time. To observe the ruins is to feel the experience of time, each person their own, the thousands of journeys.
This series is, ultimately, a look at time, at memory, and at the artist’s memory. Just as the French anthropologist Marc Augé remarks: “ruins are a statement of truth and, paradoxically, of life.”
We look forward to seeing you there and we appreciate the publication of this press release. For further information, please contact Juan Curto on +34 914 291 734, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting our website at www.camaraoscura.net