Opening Night

The installation consists of 2500 paper lanterns that go out every 10 minutes and leave the gallery in complete darkness for 10 seconds. These lanterns, “farolillos”, were introduced in Spain during the 19th century and became a typical and popular light decoration in Spanish folkloric fairs (ferias) and festivities. The lanterns in this installation are made of photographs found in one of the oldest Spanish photograph archives, ABC newspaper. These photographs are digitally archived under “key words” referring to catastrophes: war, riot, blood, death, corpse, hurricane, … Some portraits of people having an orgasm (petite mort) have been mixed with the other photographs.