For months in 2013, Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques has travelled across Spain. Standards&Poors alludes to deserted places, representing what is left of four colossal real estate projects that have recently been aborted. These dozens of billions euros estimated casinos, golf courses or five stars hotels seemed outrageous as Spain is today scattered by uncompleted buildings. There are EUROVEGAS in Madrid, BARCELONA WORLD in Tarragona, FERRARI PARK in Valencia, PARAMOUNT PARK in Murcia. These projects embody the new Eldorado of real estate promoters and investors, astounding projections, at the time when the intense real estate speculation scars cover the Spanish landscape.
The installation shown at Le BAL in December 2013 and January 2014 consists of two sets of photographs and a light installation. The first photographic piece documents the four territories of those huge projects. They are Polaroids, silver gelatin prints made with experimental methods: light make them frail.
Large prints of the second photographic work are protected by anti-UV glasses made specifically. They are shown like if they were behind sunglasses and represent some of the crisis consequences.
The lighting system consists of UV lamps used for archeology, artificial tanning, authentication of artworks or banknotes.
All the photographs of the installation are exposed to the UV light. The photographs documenting the places of real estate speculation are inevitably driven to extinction while the other protected by sunglasses resist.