The exhibition appeals to the exercise of a conscious look at the urban environment, allowing people to think critically about the city, strengthening the role of the citizen in the creation, defence and positive transformation of living space, consolidating an awareness of the urban landscape.
This first exhibition explores the first urban peripheries of the big cities (1950s-1960s-1970s), spaces that were once innovative and experimental at the urban and residential level, which gave shelter to huge contingents of people in search of better job prospects and quality of life. Framed in processes of practically generalised deterioration and inefficiency, they represent the opportunity to carry out a truly transformative action of the urban and social space, from the experimentation of new techniques and the exercise of alliances, claiming a return to thought and innovation in the collective re-construction of the city.
To this end, we propose the gaze of different creators who habitually transit the urban peripheries as part of their artistic and vital practice. From an unconscious will, they choose a part, a theme, a way of approaching it, they question it or reimagine it and give us back a plastic exercise that is executed from different places. This exhibition is inspired by Saint Blaise, an imaginary neighbourhood in search of an imaginary; a socially and physically deteriorated place on the verge of undergoing major improvements… we shall see.
Aspects such as deterioration, people, loneliness and affections, routine, spaces and architectures, routes, materials, places… capture the artist’s interest, as well as their representation.
Through photography, drawing, collage, sculpture, painting… the artists show us their perception and interpretation of the peripheries. Fernando Barrios is characterised by an abstraction with a narrative, through sculptures and sometimes collage painting that combines different materials, techniques and materials. Raúl Bravo, makes drawings and quick sketches in his urban drifts, collages in the form of an artist’s book. Yuri Pol, through photography, brings us social instants, human landscapes, empty territories, but also poetic images of greater abstraction.