Art Substratum by Gonzalo Borondo in Reggio Emilia
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Substratum by Gonzalo Borondo in Reggio Emilia

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Giorgia Massari
Substratum di Gonzalo Borondo | Collater.al

Spanish artist Gonzalo Borondo (1989) is known for the dialogue his art establishes with the city, particularly with those marginal urban places on which he often operates in an unauthorized manner, generating unexpected emotional atmospheres. Borondo’s chosen places are charged with an artistic language capable of activating a relationship with passersby. His artistic research begins with painting and then continues with sculpture, installation, photography, sound and video, becoming a transversal and eclectic artist. His choice of media finds consistency in the ancient flavor that sometimes emerges in their form and others in their use, such as the inclusion of found objects or the preference of analog devices.

Substratum di Gonzalo Borondo | Collater.al

Gonzalo Borondo’s latest project is titled “Substratum” and is presented at SpazioC21 at Palazzo Brami in Reggio Emilia, as part of the OFF section of European Photography 2023. From April 29 to June 25, 2023, the space will be charged with an installation-photographic dimension that transforms the historic site of the palace. This is Borondo’s first project in which he uses photography exclusively, focusing on the reconstruction of memory.

Substratum di Gonzalo Borondo | Collater.al
Substratum di Gonzalo Borondo | Collater.al

Borondo’s project from SpazioC21 winds from the outside inward, maintaining a dialogue with the public by starting from the urban space. The two niches facing the street contain a superimposition of images, in which Nadar‘s face emerges in his most iconic portrait. Continuing inside, the same pattern of overlapping images is repeated, here charged with a religious and at times disturbing dimension. It is a path that digs deeper and deeper, until it reaches the past, substratum, which now comes into contact with the contemporary. Substratum is an exhibition journey that offers contrasts, past and present, fragility and strength, myth and memory, in their eternal dance of intersections that oscillate between melancholy and neglect. In this way, Gonzalo Borondo addresses the theme of memory in a conceptual way, highlighting issues related to the preservation of cultural heritage.

Substratum di Gonzalo Borondo | Collater.al
Substratum di Gonzalo Borondo | Collater.al
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Written by Giorgia Massari
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