In Bellavista I am investigating areas in tourist hot spots on the Canary Islands, capturing the traces of invisible presence. My interest is the exchangeable architecture of these temporary residencies, and the minimal architectures and small still lifes in this mass tourism context. Corners and reverse sides of hotel complexes. Their use, reuse and redesign.
The gaze and looking through something is again a topic in this series. Particularly in the tourist magnets Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas and Meloneras which have grown into one big town. An agglomeration of concrete. One big hotel complex next to the other. Some apartments in between. All of them shielded from the gaze of the passers by with high concrete walls, fences of different materials such as straw mats and artificial lawn fabric. And the searing sun brings light to the stage like hotel landscape behind the fences. The straw mat gives the image a graphical layer and foreground and background melt together to a plain.
digital c-prints | framed | 50 x 70 cm | Ed. 5 + 2 AP
Where Do We Go, and how Long Will it Take?
Group exhibition with Andy Heller, Ferit Kuyas, Leta Peer, Natalija Ribovic and Elham Rokni
Curated by Thomas Elsen
July 13 – September 23, 2019