A central element of Carlos Irijalba’s recent work series High Tides is the result of a geotechnical drilling that the artist undertook on the parking lot of a former weapon factory of Astra at the Biosphere Reserve of Urdaibai in the Basque Country. Three photographs expose where the drilling was made, each depicting a large, thin tongue of concrete that looks like a frozen wave, and joins asphalt, mud and rock as significant states of matter in the work. On the first glance it looks like sand and the sea. On the second glance we realize it is asphalt – the human layer of geological history. “High Tides is an investigation of the given, physical terrain. But this, in fact, is also how the work removes the ground beneath our feet, namely by replacing the reading of human history by the ineffable presence of geological deposits” (Lars Bang Larsen). Irijalba’s latest video will be premiered at the opening of the exhibition.
Carlos Irijalba actual resident at the Rijksakademie of Amsterdam 2013/2014, graduated at the Basque Country University and UDK Berlin in 2004. He was awarded with the Guggenheim Bilbao Photography Grant in 2003 and the Marcelino Botín Art Grant in 2007/08. He also received the Purificacion Garcia Photography First Prize and the Revelation PhotoEspaña Prize among others. Irijalba has exhibited in galleries, art institutions and museums worldwide, including CCCB Barcelona, Herzliya Museum Israel or The Yokohama Art Center and LMCC New York.
The exhibition is accompanied by a new publication with an essay by curator Lars Bang Larsen.
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