Ahora (Now) explores what I call the ‘ontology of the ruin’. I define this ontology as the absence of the original volume, a constitutive loss that, paradoxically, calls for its reconstruction/re-invention through the exploration of the inverse movement of that deterioration.
This project is part of a series of works that also includes No longer, not Yet. Here I propose to look at the absence of physicality in the present as the starting point for the reconstruction of the becoming of the ruin. The idea is to turn upside down the conventional dimensions of time and space that constitute the ruin ‘as past’, a ‘site of life from which life has departed’, aiming to reveal the unique ambivalence of this site where boundaries constantly shift. More concretely, these works make use of fragments of urban ruins, objects and volumes as models, which then trigger the production of new volumes through the repetition, folding, and assemblage of printed paper, both in screen and laser printing.
Screen printing on paper
350 x 380 x 80 cm.
Modelos para Ensamblar, Galería Gabriela Mistral, Santiago de Chile