Cristianne Rodrigues
Curator

Interventions

Nicolas COMBARRO

2018

MEP, Paris

Nicolás Combarro is an artist attuned to the architectural shapes that surround him. However, the city’s highly contemporary skyscrapers and their bold lines do not interest him. He focuses on those spontaneous, improvised, unregulated, free constructions, those that often go unnoticed. He takes a closer look at these unfinished or abandoned buildings, modern-day ruins that, for one reason or another, are still standing in these urban landscapes, carrying memories of these places. He is interested in instant architecture, constructed in unfavourable conditions, such as the refugees’ makeshift shelters that act as a sign of resistance to economical, political, or social pressures. Nicolás Combarro also takes an interest in popular, traditional or vernacular, architecture and self-building, an activity that strongly reflects identity, born as it is from a community, and that demands efforts from each individual. To sum up, he is inspired by construction, both as an allegory and a form of resistance.

His sensitivity and his rigour drive him to first understand then organise these structures. He then launches into the vast task of photographical documentation of these spaces, an unbiased categorisation of all types of interventions on nature. Then, using painting, collages, or installations, he modifies these architectural spaces to give them context. Finally, he establishes a conversation with these structures. The core of his thinking can be the material used, like wood or charcoal, which are historically charged with the town’s industrial past.

In this journey from reality to abstraction, Nicolás Combarro creates an architectural fiction through photography.

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