GABRIEL IBARZABAL (MÉXICO, D.F 1978-) | IRAQ SKY

EDS GALERIA 2009 | 12 X 12 PHOTOGRAPHY
12 Photographers, 12 Portfolios, Edition of 12 in 12” by 12” format
 

GABRIEL IBARZABAL (MÉXICO, D.F 1978-) | IRAQ SKY

OPENING  Saturday December 12th (12-15 hours), 2009
Until Januaryr 1st, 2009
 
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The multidisciplinary formation that characterizes Gabriel Ibarzábal displays a very coherent versatility with the mixed character of the aesthetic experiences in contemporary art. Having pursued studies of Communication Sciences, Art Theory, Performance and Visual Arts in several academies in Mexico, Barcelona and London, this author turns to painting in the same fashion he turns to drawing as well as to performance, literature and photography, achieving in his best projects, that plurality of languages that tends to enrich the stating nature of current art. His presence in the 12 x 12 project thus contributes an interesting combination of documentary register and fictional narrative, something of which Ibarzábal has already benefited from in previous work, such as his series 12 hours in Barcelona, 2003. In Irak Sky the limits of what is specifically photographic are surpassed with irony and drama. In this work what was photographed was not as important as the circumstances where the photographic act was generated and carried out; such circumstances are also re-elaborated by the artist himself. The work consists of a series of photographs taken from a passenger airplane that flew from Dubai to London, just at the time it was flying over the Irak territory. The paper planes appear overlapped on the airplane’s window, suggesting the silhouettes of American combat airplanes that participate in that war. The assembly causes the reality of war to invade the peaceful micro cosmos of the airplane’s cabin, from where a pristine and unpolluted sky should be observed.

Those dark silhouettes are threatening, and at the same time, harmless,  because while the airplane’s shape recalls the violent reality of war, its paper consistency leaves us with the calmness that we are  before a representation, through objects that still keep the connotations of children games. This double connotation of the paper plane is equivalent to the mixed tone (of refined brutality on one side, and of sophisticated unreality on the other) acquired by the representations of war in contemporary means of communication.

Iraq Sky is a work which is originated in gesture and in intervention. The photographs are impregnated with the sensation of instability which defines ephemeral images. Its implications are related to geopolitics, but they go beyond the fleeting location of the territory of conflict to have an impact on the imaginary aspect of war, presenting it as the collective ideal which we continue to face with a childish and ludicrous perversity.

By Juan Antonio Molina (translated by Leticia Consuegra)

 

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