Display at solo show "The distance between us" at Sala de Arte Joven de la Comunidad de Madrid. 2018.
'Architectures of intimidation', is a body of work that investigates the shapes used in properties to keep possible intruders away. The different models used throught history speak to us about wealth disparity, obsesion with property and a pervert way of using ornamentation. In England, as well as other north European countries, there is the tradition of ornamenting the spikes over fences and camouflaging them into shapes that resemble organic forms, an efford to hide them in plant-like combinations that can hide almost like “garden decoration”.
All the models used in the series of sculptures are real models collected around Europe, dated from the 50´s to the ones used nowadays. The spikes are transformed into vertical sculptures. For the Solo Show "The distance between us" the series was undestood as an installation, alongside other works that you can see here
The shapes used in spikes and fences have changed through history, providing a formal overview of the architectures used between private properties. Somehow, these methods of separating the land and the efforts of keeping potential trespassers away, reflect how the 'other' is imagined.
'Architectures of intimidation' is part of a longer-term project around borders, on how they are physically constructed as well as how they are imagined and affected by ideology. Previous works on these series are The distance between us (2018) and Conversations (2016).
Originally displayed horizontally over a fence, these spikes were regulated so they can only be placed height of 2 meters, avoiding any possible accident. The only way to see properly these shapes is by trying to climb over the fences.