Carlos Garacoia

28 Jun

Carlos Garaicoa is one of a number of contemporary artists who have taken architecture as their subject matter. Working in a range of mediums and formats—his diverse output includes photographs, three-dimensional models, pop-up books, videos, texts, and interventions— Garaicoa examines the urban environment and its embedded histories and ideologies. While his works have responded to various sites around the globe, his principal subject is his home city of Havana, with its many unfinished and crumbling buildings.
Among other projects, he has documented the deterioration of the city’s infrastructure since the 1959 Cuban Revolution through before-and-after photographic diptychs, in which he pairs an image of a standing structure with a second photograph taken after the architecture has partially or completely collapsed. Garaicoa inserts pins into the second panel and links them with
colored thread to create delicate, ghostly drawings—barely perceptible depending on the viewer’s angle—of what has been lost. Works such as Untitled (“la esquina” ), which records a ruined
apartment block in the Cuban capital, speak to the passage of time, the impermanence of architecture, and the gap between utopian aims and reality.

(excerpt taken from the Guggenheim’s Shapes of Space exhibit)

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