Curator: Santiago Olmo
Artist: Nicolás Combarro
20 July - 7 October 2018
Nicolás Combarro (A Coruña, 1979) fits into a new spectrum of artists who work with photography. His work focuses on architecture and the concept of construction in coexistence with and feeding into the practice of documentation and intervention, the latter being understood as taking action on space and the landscape.
His work as a professor and curator of exhibitions with outstanding artists such as photographer Alberto García-Alix and painter Miguel Ángel Campano, have enabled him to develop the precision and artistic versatility that define his perception.
In a recent text Combarro reiterated that his work is linked to space and architecture: ‘From the very first gesture we make to change the landscape, we are undertaking a kind of construction. Thus, we all have the ability to build, and therefore we are all builders. My work is driven by this will or need to construct spontaneously, in places that convey our influences, tastes, needs, which become materialized in architecture.’
His exhibition at the CGAC brings together some of his most recent series, Arquitectura oculta (Hidden Architecture), Bangkok and Arquitectura espontánea, (Spontaneous Architecture). The latter is the result of his calibrated use of the archive itself and systematic observations of buildings not attributed to a designer or works of popular architecture. The exhibition also includes a reinterpretation of space as conceived by the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira through photographs of projections that are included in his series Desvelar, desplazar (Unveiling, Displacing).
This project, which revolves around the notion architecture, is part of the annual review of mid-career artists in Galicia conducted by the CGAC since 2016.