La Fragua Galery in Tabacalera, Madrid hosts a photography exhibition by Spanish artist Jorge Yeregui. Halfway between Robert Smithson’s “Monuments of Passaic” and the work by Hamish Fulton or Francis Alys, Yeregui’s photographs and videos portray a series of wastelands and unused spaces which were abandoned and forgotten after the construction industry bubble following the 2008 world economy crisis.
September 16 – November 11, 2016
La Fragua, Tabacalera
Glorieta de Embajadores, 51 Madrid
TEXT BY THE CURATOR. DAVID ARMENGOL
In the field of architecture and construction, the “acta de replanteo” (construction survey, or stakeout survey) is an official document that marks the beginning of the work on a construction site. An agreement between the parties – architect, developer and builder – which determines the starting point in the urban transformation of a place. In the best case, this process will culminate in the completion of the work, and therefore in the successful functionality of the object built.
In an ironic way, the title of Jorge Yeregui’s (Santander, 1975) solo exhibition in La Fragua questions certain processes of failed architectures through the observation of the resulting landscape. In this sense, his work focuses on wastelands, marginal and unused terrains that, far from claiming the socio-economic circumstances that determined its abandonment, exhibits instead certain formal and conceptual qualities of part-done territories.
Yeregui’s “Stakeout Survey” proposes the activation of these landscapes based on the artist’s direct action in the environment. It is a naturalistic reading of an abandoned place that includes multiple layers of meaning: from the aesthetic power of deterioration to the geopolitical condition of its decline.
Closer to land art practices than to documentary landscape views, Yeregui uses photography and video from a performative approach of walking, travelling and physical examination. Thus, time becomes the real protagonist of his work. A generic time – abandonment – transiting to a specific time, his experience in ruin.