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La Biennale di Venezia – 15th International Architecture Exhibition

Nelson Garrido will be present in 15th International Architecture Exhibition “La Biennale di Venezia” with his own project “Home Less” about Time – Space – Existence, organised by the GlobalArtAffairs Foundation, to take place from 28 May to 27 November 2016.

“Home Less” is a project that explores spaces that were left abandoned through time, questioning their existence.

I’ve been photographing spaces like that because they were abandoned or unfinished, make us look at them and question their existence or even their right to occupy a space in the city. Walking on these ruins I felt like If they were unreal, as if time had stopped. I often saw animals, like hares, walking around. Wild plants using windows to invade the interiors, like children when they climb to enter

Usually I refer that this project started about 25 years ago. There was a time when I travelled a lot to a little village in the interior of Portugal. I always passed by a place where an abandoned house kept standing on the top of a small hill meters above the

street. This unexpected scenario always intrigued me and I always wanted to photograph it, but I never found the proper way until 4 years ago. This project goes beyond the revelation of ruins; it intends to provide an experience of places.

These constructions – which could be thousands of others – are life projects, sometimes unfinished, abandoned, dark places in a desolated territory, that embraces them as wounds, and that are rotting and transforming the cities. With the beginning of the real estate crises, construction of new houses almost stopped and a lot of constructions were left unfinished. Other, which were actually completed, were never occupied or sold.

In these buildings, there’s a light that reminds us the difference between what reality is and what it should be, and that is no more than a metaphor of the lives interrupted.

The human element is present in the simulacrum, in the light that is life and, at the same time, paradoxically, that inhabits the unoccupied.

Can this light represent the existence?

Is this a game between reality and simulation?

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