Locked up landscapes
Photography, slide projection
Telefónica Foundation space, Buenos Aires, 2004 / El Pueblo Cultural Center, Buenos Aires, 2001 / Woodstreet Galleries, Pittsburgh, USA, 2010
Holiday moments like sunsets, skies, clouds, wide landscapes, their vanishing points and limits have been captured by a photo camera. Then these images are projected within the enclosed space of an apartment. That way, both the two-dimensional projected visual image and the three dimensional multi- sensorial space chosen for the projection are pointed out in a different manner. A moment projected in another one and then taken into a third moment of representation that is brought into a room to be exhibited.
by Fabiana Barreda / translation by Uschi Groppel
Martín Bonadeo's work takes us into the immaterial and luminous space of memory. As in a modern-day Proust, the artist's projector becomes the madeleine that makes memories sprout from the peeledoff walls of his paternal house. Locked up in this dark biographic space, walls, furniture and domestic devices become alive. Ghostly and delicate images grow in this house. Dawn at the seaside can sprout out of the bathtub water, or a strange lighthouse guide boats from the bedside lamp. Magic light effects and supernaturalism are present in this daily space in an attempt to equal Lumière, and while images inhabit objects, memories acquire life beyond memory.
Locked up landscapes
When the idea of having to survive between four walls starts to suffocate me, I usually escape by hallucinating with open spaces. I let myself get carried away, using a bit of imagination to remember those moments, decorating my apartment's most depressing corners with projections of those happy moments. A projection of photographically captured moments like sunsets, skies, clouds, wide landscapes; their vanishing points and limits can dart off sensations which go beyond visual images. In this way both the two-dimensional projected visual image and the three-dimensional multisensorial space chosen for the projection are pointed out in a different manner. Interweaving figure and background disarrange the sense in which we most believe in, making me doubt the reality of what is being presented and represented, of space and even time. The projector starts to illuminate a spot in order to transform its meaning as well as the projected image's meaning and this moment produces a break in time and space which brings the experience of memory closer.