Handbook of Operative Losses

The Handbook of Operative Losses happened during the three months of confinement I had with my family in Barcelona, Spain. 

Due to the pandemic I had to return immediately to Barcelona from Helsinki where I was developing a research residency at the Saastamoinen Foundation. Everything changed fast. I continue working but the circumstances exposed me to a new deal with my work. Suddenly many of the conceptual apparatuses I was building through my practice were falling apart. Something forced me to retake seriously the most simple and direct tools to retain, to inscribe, to memorize my experience. An experience that was being common to so many at the same time. An experience of lock downs and uncertainty.

My work has always celebrated the uncertainty, but now this global uncertainty was deeply restricting our liberties and rights, was transforming our ways of living, and certainly, it will affect the lives of my children for years to come. 

The confinement re-traced us, me and my family. Everyday I worked with two new partners, my sons León (6) and Émile (2). We, my partner and I, created the space to answer the situation. And my artistic practice became a part of that space of care. 

This handbook grew, and continues to grow, through a daily based practice of the materials, through the materials, through the gestures the materials imprint through me. 

PYRES, 2020

charcoal on paper, A4

CLOUDS, 2020

watercolor on paper, A4