'If a house falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?' -A clamor for abandoned places-
Landscape in capitalist countries is rapidly changing.
In The Netherlands, a landscape that used to be devoted to production now is engaging in acts of consumption. This change of function has subsequently modified its shape. Lots of farms have been abandoned and cannot seem to find someone who brings them into a new life. The presumed authentic characteristics of the Dutch landscape are changing and these derelict farms with its solitary, still and mute state become a disruption of the landscape.
For ‘Muted Distortion’ I would like to present a series of pieces of broken glass that I have been collecting from derelict farms around the area of South Holland. Under my guardianship these defeated pieces have been embellished with remnant fabric that was also found in one of these farms (see above).I visualize this work exhibited in the floor of one of the small rooms of the gallery space. The piece will cover at least 2 square meters of floor, but due to the characteristic of the work this dimension can vary.
A few words about the ''agent''
Laura Pardo (Bogota, CO, 1982) is a visual artist living and working in The Netherlands. She is interested in the production and meaning of public space, identity, localities and authenticity in a so called globalized world. She is also concerned with the connections between artistic practice (observing, collecting, performing) and the practices of tourism (performing places, reading landscape, representing culture). She is co-iniator of Kinderdijk Project, a self-organized art and hospitality space in The Netherlands.
Recent shows of Laura include: Intersecciones (2012), Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá (CO), ‘… and something happened to me’ (2011), B32|F65 Maastricht (NL), El Show de las Estrellas (2009), Sala de Proyectos Universidad de los Andes, Bogota (CO). She is currently part of the research team Read-in with whom she has participated in projects and presentations such as: The Grand Domestic Revolution GOES ON (2012), The Showroom, London (UK); Oh! Seminar (2012), Villa Romana, Florence (IT); Extremely Close & Incredibly Slow (2012), ASCA - Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, Amsterdam, (NL), P for Performance (2011), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL), among others.
Laura Pardo's official website