Due to the importance of the Latin American geometric art movement of the 1950s and 1960s, many museums and cultural institutions have competed to collect works from this lucrative modern period. The appropriate term, Radical Geometry, comes from the title of a Cisneros Foundation exhibition at the Royal Academy of the Arts in London,which opened this summer. Many people will notice that the term Radical Geometry made more sense during the beginning of the movement than it does now; today, it lacks the radical aspect, and has become a formula for new creators with a resounding commercial success due to its accessible, decorative role.
Untitled – Radical Geometry in Caracas (2013) is an ironic take, inspired by Arte Povera, that arises from what I most identify with Radical Geometry. During the last 15 months, I have been able to document a large number of city mattresses, thanks to the good resolution my cell phone camera –this allowed me to return to the photo-journalistic tradition of walking, camera in hand, collecting images throughout the day.
Sometimes it’s hard to describe the process or why you are moved to photograph something. It happened to me with the mattresses. During my quest, it was a strange attraction: the act of leaving the mattresses in the trash turns them into abandoned intimate journals, and their clean geometric form automatically does the rest of the work.