Watercolors, installation, video, booklet
Mar del Plata Revisited (Reminiscence of a place) started as a project in 2007, after I had stayed several months in seacoast-town Mar del Plata, Argentina. The work concentrates on my attempt to keep a remembered image of the city alive, after I moved back to The Netherlands.
Ultimately, the project deals with questions about the role of architecture and public space in personal memory and in feelings of safety and alienation, while the work also explores how drawing as a 'slow' medium relates to reality and memory.
Mar del Plata Revisited, 2007-2008
Mar del Plata Revisited, view of installation at my studio and outdoors, 2007
From eight watercolors, depicting a panorama view of Mar del Plata, I constructed a circular installation with a total width of two meters. This object was placed in different locations, i.e. at home, in my studio and outdoors. Eventually the installation collapsed due to rain and wind, after it had hanged outdoors in a public square in Amsterdam. The installation outdoors was recorded on video.
The photos and the video are documentations of the work.
In 2008, the booklet Temporary Monuments and Other Memories was published in cooperation with Sergio Basbaum, in which the work and underlying themes of memory, image-processing and attachment are discussed.