Collage often takes on myriad forms and textures, and when applied conceptually to the urban landscape, we open up to a wealth of ideas and inquiries regarding the built environment and the people who inhabit it. When I first moved to Barcelona this idea continually intrigued me, as it did collaborator Caroline Wibbelsman. New to the city, but intending to stay for an indefinite amount of time, we felt caught in an ambiguous space between tourist and citizen. We wondered, do other people living here feel the same seductive draw to this city, while simultaneously feeling separate from it? How can we begin to discern the reciprocal relationship between the individual and this particular urban environment? Do other people feel like “others” too? And most importantly, who will actually talk to us and tell us what they really think? We decided to explore our curiosities and thus set out to answer some of these questions.
The results proved to be a vivid, contradictory, and fascinating amalgamation of opinions and portraits, voices and encounters. This installation seeks to illustrate the process involved in integrating into a new metropolis, strives to identify connections between individuals and the collective community, and depicts our experiences along the way. The construction of Urban Collage involved laser cutting wood display panels, laser cutting stencils, and mounting 200 text and image cards.
Exhibited: Untitled Gallery, Barcelona Spain | May 29 – June 9, 2010