“There is a specific air felt with each breath here in Cádiz – where old mixes with new and everything in between can be seen and felt by investigating the layers. Examples can be found along the shoreline at La Caleta – a blockade of brick, sand, rock, cement, shell and moss spans the wall, while sea glass from fiestas past and balloon fragments leftover from carnival pave the way. The architecture tells a tale of history older than my entire nation – stone walls that existed before my ancestors stepped foot on the ground of my country, in which I just stand in awe. But in the midst of these ancient buildings telling their stories, are dozens of children playing in circles and plazas, demanding attention for youth and proving survival of family, love and community through the ages. The ocean breeze that sweeps on rooftops and through the streets is a steady reminder of past, present and implied future, touching and influencing us all. My work here was inspired by this dialogue between the historical architectural thread that runs throughout the city and the playful nature of excited youth that promises a future just as prosperous.”
Many separate pieces came from this residency. The exhibition space is intimate and I thought it the perfect location for combining works to build a scene illustrating the concept(s).
Documentation of this piece was challenging. Due to certain fiesta circumstances and consequences, I no longer have possession of my camera. At this time, the only documentation I have of the actual live installation is from an LG K8 cell phone. Yikes! If I can track down other images from the exhibition, I will update the post. Until then, pull out your magnifying glass! It seems, this show was a spectacle, never again to be seen. Below, are some screenshots, phone camera shots, and thanks to my friend, Annie, some after exhibition documentation.
Check out her work here: Annie Briard