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Carlos Bunga

Breathing

Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon

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Artist
Carlos Bunga
Title
Breathing
Year
2019-2020
Duration
8 min 50 s
Format & Technical

HD, Single-Channel Video, Colour, Sound

In 1912, the first hydroelectric power station in Catalonia was built in the Catalan Pyrenees.Due to themultiple work accidents occurring to the workers, thecompany installed a fieldhospital with a wooden structure and felt-board walls.Bunga in 2019 decided to visit the ruinsof the place and was reunited with everything that characterizehis artistic praxis: the idea ofruin, absence, the superimposed pictorial layers, the textures thatcorrespond to its differentuses, the force of nature, architecture as a third skin, the self-constructionand the organicityof the materials. This led him to document the ruins with his phone. The postproductioncoincided with Covid-19 pandemic, when new field hospitals were springing around theworld,while the cardboard one continued to crumble in the forest. Bunga added the sound of hisownbreathing to the work: everything transforms and connects, from the first to the lastbreath.

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