Graves, 2009

Following the proposal to design an ephemeral garden, located in the wharf of Uribitarte, next to the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, it has been impossible to ignore both the mammoth, titanic presence of Frank Gehry’s building - like a large figurehead of Basque’s cultural modernity next to the Nervión- as well as Euskadi’s socio-political reality and the ups and downs of historical memory across Spain.
 
My intention has been to create an earth landscape, where a series of “graves” are presented interleaved with several earth piles like a cemetery. The 200 cm by 70 cm, and 50 cm deep graves, offer in their deep bottom the vision to the spectator of a red lacquered sheet. In this earth space, like an area of light and shades, I wanted, beyond creating a contemplative “memento mori”, to evoke a poem of Jose Angel Valente, who says:

(You were not there, but your remains were. / Then and after so much dying there was no body / of death. / Dying / has no body. / It was / translucent the place / where your body had been. / The stone had been removed. / You were not there, your body, was / survived the transparency at last.)

GRAVES. Following the proposal to design an ephemeral garden, located in the wharf of Uribitarte, next to the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, it has been impossible to ignore both the mammoth, titanic presence of Frank Gehry’s building - like a large figurehead of Basque’s cultural modernity next to the Nervión- as well as Euskadi’s socio-political reality and the ups and downs of historical memory across Spain.
 
My intention has been to create a 120m2 earth landscape, where a series of “graves” are presented interleaved with several earth piles like a cemetery. The 200 cm by 70 cm., and 50 cm. deep graves, offer in their deep bottom the vision to the spectator of a red lacquered sheet. In this earth space, like an area of light and shades, I wanted, beyond creating a contemplative “memento mori”, to invoke a poem of Jose Angel Valente, who says:
 
 
No estabas tú, estaban tus despojos.
 
Luego y después de tanto
morir no estaba el cuerpo
de la muerte. 
Morir 
no tiene cuerpo. 
Estaba
 traslúcido el lugar
donde tu cuerpo estuvo.
 
La piedra había sido removida.
 
No estabas tú, tu cuerpo, estaba
sobrevivida al fin la transparencia.
 
 
(You were not there, but your remains were. / Then and after so much dying there was no body / of death. / Dying / has no body. / It was / translucent the place / where your body had been. / The stone had been removed. / You were not there, your body, was / survived the transparency at last.)
Frederic Amat. Mayo. 2009. 
Project inauguration: 29.04.2009 | Location:  wharf of Uribitarte, Bilbao

 

GRAVES. Following the proposal to design an ephemeral garden, located in the wharf of Uribitarte, next to the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, it has been impossible to ignore both the mammoth, titanic presence of Frank Gehry’s building - like a large figurehead of Basque’s cultural modernity next to the Nervión- as well as Euskadi’s socio-political reality and the ups and downs of historical memory across Spain.
 
My intention has been to create a 120m2 earth landscape, where a series of “graves” are presented interleaved with several earth piles like a cemetery. The 200 cm by 70 cm., and 50 cm. deep graves, offer in their deep bottom the vision to the spectator of a red lacquered sheet. In this earth space, like an area of light and shades, I wanted, beyond creating a contemplative “memento mori”, to invoke a poem of Jose Angel Valente, who says:
 
 
No estabas tú, estaban tus despojos.
 
Luego y después de tanto
morir no estaba el cuerpo
de la muerte. 
Morir 
no tiene cuerpo. 
Estaba
 traslúcido el lugar
donde tu cuerpo estuvo.
 
La piedra había sido removida.
 
No estabas tú, tu cuerpo, estaba
sobrevivida al fin la transparencia.
 
 
(You were not there, but your remains were. / Then and after so much dying there was no body / of death. / Dying / has no body. / It was / translucent the place / where your body had been. / The stone had been removed. / You were not there, your body, was / survived the transparency at last.)
Frederic Amat. Mayo. 2009. 
Project inauguration: 29.04.2009 | Location:  wharf of Uribitarte, Bilbao
(May - July 2009)

 

 


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