Iñaki Bergera discovered on a trip along the West Coast of the United States a desolate landscape, apparently barren, that exuded beauty. The beauty of everyday life His narrative purity. Service stations that, dismantled at the beginning of the 90s, gave way to the services of the multinationals.
Abandoned gas stations. Ruined. Blurred icons but living witnesses of a time that was already. Iñaki Bergera discovered on a trip along the West Coast of the United States a desolate landscape, apparently barren, that exuded beauty. The beauty of everyday life His narrative purity. Service stations that, dismantled at the beginning of the 90s, gave way to the services of the multinationals.
Through a series of 26 images, the photographer gives voice to those territories off the map, to their architectural structures, while paying tribute to the pop art of Ed Ruscha. There is no documentary pretension and, nevertheless, narrates with its aesthetics and its forms open zones of the contemporary crisis. As Alberto Martín points out,
“Bergera could be defined as a visual architect with a camera, discovering repetition or repetition, replication and variation, undoing and remaking standardization, and above all isolating and defining components that take on a new identifying role”.
TWENTYSIX (ABANDONED) GASOLINE STATIONS. IÑAKI BERGERA
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Sunday, October 14, 2018
PLACE: ROOM 1.1
University of Navarra Museum, Spain.
Iñaki Bergera is an Architect and Doctor from the University of Navarra. Scholarship from ‘la Caixa’, he graduated from the Master in Design Studies at Harvard University. Researcher at the CCA in Montreal, the Center for Creative Photography in Arizona and the International Center of Photography in New York, he has directed the national project “Photography and modern architecture in Spain” and curated exhibitions at the ICO museum (PHE 2014 and 2016) .
In 2001 he studied photography at the School of Visual Arts at Harvard and since then he has developed a photographic work in individual exhibitions such as America, urban landscape (2006), A Tale of Two Cities (2008), In the landscape (2010) and Twentysix (Abandoned) Gasoline Stations (SCAN 2014, PHE 2015) and collectives such as Change of course (Tabacalera 2017), The creation of the contemporary landscape (Alcobendas 2016) or Unfinished (Venice 2016).
Catalogue. Twentysix (Abandoned) Gasoline Stations.
The project is, at the same time, an «appropriation» and a «homage» to the American photographer Ed Ruscha, associated with the Pop movement: in 1962 he began photographing gas stations located on the legendary Route 66, by the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas or California. Exactly forty years after Ruscha registered his 26 gas stations, Bergera proceeds to photograph as many stations between June and August 2012.
But Iñaki Bergera does not stop there, he is also interested in everything that surrounds car culture, commercial or industrial architecture, nature / technology dialectics, brands and advertisements, standardization or anonymous structures. Its 26 «abandoned» gas stations are a perfect example of architecture of the «not new», of what has fallen into disuse and has become obsolete.