• Giving

      Laia Moreto Alvarado, 2017   Action-sculpture-photograph. Different sizes and materials. Smoke trapped in glass.   The act of giving is universal and what is given serves as an anchor point to reflect on whether such act is spare, a delivery, or rather an inversion; or on how what is material ties two entities together. This artwork begins with the action of burning gifts received. Hot glass with the resulting ashes is poured into a mould that registers the act of giving. Thus, the gesture becomes object and what is material becomes intangible.   Key words: immateriality, objecting, gesture, giving.
  • Uncertainties

      Laia Moreto Alvarado, 2016 Sculpture-Installation. Glass and steel wires. Set of 3 modules of 40x40x2,5 cm.   There is a pleasant rest but also a more exhausting one: the inaction that follows disorientation, constant changes, and the excess of transitoriness. The sculptural installation Uncertainties shows a set of suspended glass chairs that invite, like a mirage, to an unattainable rest. It is composed by 3 floating, mobile, fragmented chairs. As in a waiting room, they are placed in parallel making it impossible for the occupiers to meet one another frontally. Despite the solidity of each piece of furniture - and the fact that their different heights do not allow collisions among them- the seeming instability of its material questions the security and relationships amongst the potential occupiers of such space. Key words: uncertainty, installation, glass, suspension.
  • Veiling, unveiling

    Laia Moreto Alvarado, 2013-2018

    Black and white photograph. Cotton paper. 60x60 cm.

    Series of portraits which can only be perceived from physical proximity and that, by contrast, appear as a dark spot when looked at from a distance. The quality of darkness conditions one to approach art corporally in contrast to the current context, which leaves a world with an excess of distant, virtual and anonymous images. People are portrayed in the company of someone else. That reveals and stresses a bond that allows to see the individual as a being with an inescapable relationship with the other; the presence of someone who is needed and breaks all expectations. An existing bond such as the one found -more indirectly- between the author and the recipient of an image and that, within the darkness of this artwork, is revealed with the need to position the creative part in a closer and more binding way. Key words: veiling, unveiling, proximity, the other

  • El otro lugar (Somewhere else)

      Laia Moreto Alvarado, 2013-2017 Black and white photograph. Series of 16 diptychs. Cotton paper. Different sizes.   Photographic series made up from diptychs that dig into the signs of the actions of the other within the terrain vague. The set of images goes through the place looking always at the space forward and backwards in order to gain access to the place of this other being -absent or present- without, however, being able to unravel it. Key words: terrain vague, shot, reverse shot, presence, absence, landscape.
  • Soundscape

    Laia Moreto Alvarado, 2017 Action-sculpture. Different sizes and materials. The presence of a signal placed by a being into a landscape suggests the absence of the one who places it, and the presence of the one receiving it. It is also indicative of an inhabited and shared place. This display is a collection of material signals created from a sound graph in order to catch the viewer’s eye and attention. These signals originate from the recording of the sounds of the same landscape they are meant for. Signals which are distributed in a single space in order to bring out awareness of the sound within the urban and natural space, and to associate them to both loneliness and human agglomeration. This work is divided into four parts which are at the same time unified in two big blocks: Noise, including “Dissonance” and “Echo” and Silence, formed by “Sound” and “Stillness”. Key words: urban art, nature, noise, silence
  • Alè. L’altre (Breath.The other)

      Laia Moreto Alvarado, 2017 Sculpture-Installation. Glass and human breath The present work aims to show the traces left on us by the breathing of this close presence. It is a sculpture designed to contain human breath inside hundreds of tubular glass modules suspended in space. This material – light and almost as imperceptible as the misty air inside it – outlines the physical boundaries of a path that invites one to go along the whole interior of the set.This suggested walk, starting from an apparent solitude, is surrounded by the evocation of a breathing sound: the otherness is announced by the steam and by the absence of the one that causes it. As it bursts into space, the sculpture appears solid and firm even though its translucent slow breath evaporation may suggest fragility. Due to its quality of permeability with its surroundings, we are allowed to glimpse living traces among the lifeless matter inside the glass containers. Keywords: glass, sculpture, the other, sound, breath, journey.