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EXIT #24 - Ruins

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EditorialOlivares & Asociados SL
YearNovember / 2006
LanguageSpanish / English
PagesFrom 160 to 200


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EXIT #24 - Ruins

Between beauty and horror, between decadence and the memory of times past, the ruin emerges in the most contemporary landscapes as an eternal reference to history and as a catastrophic prediction of the future.

The Incomprehensible Beauty of Tragedy is the theme proposed by Rosa Olivares in her editorial, in which the new concept of the ruin found in contemporary photography is revealed, exposing the relevance with which this medium deals with the theme, considering it to be more than a mere connection to a subject which was so widely dealt with by artists in the past. A reoccurring theme in Art History, it takes shape this time through the latest photography practice.

The Pleasure of Ruins is the title of the text by Daniel Canogar, guest editor of this issue. He writes of the attraction that artists, and especially photographers, have felt to the ruin, towards the catastrophe, and of how beauty and the aesthetic approach have overcome tragedy and decadence. Canogar explores the revision of the concept of the ruin from Classical Antiquity to the present day, emphasising significant photographic work such as that of Charles Marville in 19th century Paris, to the work of Gordon Matta-Clark, as an intervener upon ruins.

The Memory of Ruins, a text by Rebecca Solnit, closes this section. American writer and historian, she has been awarded prestigious prizes such as the Lanzan and the Western Writers of America Spur Award. In a prophetic way, Solnit journeys through various important American cities such as New York and San Francisco, where tragedy and neglect have converted life past into buried stratum.

As well as these significant theoretical contributions, the absolute protagonists are, as always in EXIT, the best photographic works of the moment in which the ruin is the primary subject. Among the artists included are: Frank Thiel, Chris Jordan, Brian McKee, Luc Delahaye, Victor Burgin, Edward Burtynsky, Montserrat Soto, Michael Eastman, Shinichiro Kobayashi, Stéphane Couturier, Adrian Tyler, Yuji Saiga, Dionisio González, Zhang Dali, Lara Almarcegui, Zhang Wang, Lida Abdul, Francesc Torres, Joel Meyerowitz, Simon Norfolk, Robert Polidori, Sze Tsung Leong, Gabriele Basilico, Richard Misrach, Juan de Sande, Ryuji Miyamoto, Nuno Cera, Mark Klett, Pilar Pequeño, Chas, Anthony Hernandez, Zineb Sedira, Sara Maneiro, Joaquim Koester, Paul Davies, Rosell  Meseguer, Naoya Hatekeyama.