The path of the soul
Site specific intervention
Gral. San Martín Cultural Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2001

This intervention is developed in a space where a staircase connecting four small rooms plays the leading role. On the ground floor the spectators come across a poster, a floor plan, a short text, a sound track with a combination of mantras of different religions, incense fragrance, dimmed lights and a guard who invites them to look for a human figure reflected in a mirror which has been put at the stairs. As the spectators go upstairs, they come across empty spaces with incense smoke lines illuminated in a delicate way. When arriving to the last mezzanine the visitors meet with a text and the image of two human silhouettes projected on a marble wall. At the same time as the visitors approach the wall, their shadows join the two silhouettes although they never reach the same scale.


Comment on the exhibition

by Graciela Taquini / translation by Uschi Groppel

The appointment is in the Centro Cultural General San Martín, on the square, in a gallery that is not much more than a staircase and where we can find the opportunity to go through El camino del alma: del sótano al cielorraso -The path of the soul: From basement to ceiling, an intervention by Martín Bonadeo, on how to transform immateriality into materiality, limits into infinity and to transform matter into air and clouds, to ascend to the sky under the threat of another darker sky without limits.

The appointment is in the Centro Cultural General San Martín, on the square, in a gallery that is not much more than a staircase and where we can find the opportunity to go through El camino del alma: del sótano al cielorraso -The path of the soul: From basement to ceiling, an intervention by Martín Bonadeo, on how to transform immateriality into materiality, limits into infinity and to transform matter into air and clouds, to ascend to the sky under the threat of another darker sky without limits.

Martín Bonadeo (25) enters for the third time into the art world, this time with a photographical intervention to transmute public space and to convert architecture 287 into a journey towards celestial visions. Just like a Baroque artist, he breaks architectural materiality and leads us into paradise, to the Elysian Fields, to the afterlife.


From basement to ceiling

Wall text

Do we see everything clearer from up here? Maybe the action of seeing is not the most important thing in this work, since it consists in an experience which goes beyond this. By contacting what surrounds us, we are trying to make out the meaning of this other world. Through joined physical and chemical senses our souls are connected with their surroundings and with other souls which find themselves in the same search. This is why so many different methods of knowledge systematization have been developed, like philosophy, mathematics and religion which, combined with others such as architecture in order to build real temples, physically elevate us. Since mankind invented the roof as a limit between the sky and the earth, the majority gets confused by ceilings and ends up believing that the sky lies far away in space and is difficult to access. Curiously, only a few realize something obvious: we live surrounded by sky. The sky is constantly present in architectural spaces and we are in permanent contact with it.

This idea outlines us as physical and spiritual elements within this context. The body, too, works to separate our soul from this limitless space. These concepts can be empty or plenty in accordance with each one's faith. A limitless space such as the sky can work as a perfect paradise where everything merges or as a chaotic hell without limits and where everything is diffuse.


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