IFEMA Madrid, 27 - 28 May 2020

2019 Features and seminars

ART by Luisa Álvarez


“Maraña” is Spanish for mess, confusion, chaos. This installation portraits a conflictual situation and the internal entanglements we all experience at a certain point in our lives ; either on a personal level or in society itself, resulting in unfortunate situations affecting the entire society, where one’s no longer able to judge and handle in a practical and objective way.

The vertical wall represents this chaos by picturing a group of human beings entering and leaving the wall, getting lost or partially disappearing on their way in or out. The sculptures are blended into the skin of the wall ; light being the only distinctive factor. All sculptures appear upside-down, like a complete mess without any sense of rhyme or reason.
At the same time, the observer figure represents reflection whereas the other one is laughing and making fun of the situation. In contrast to the red lighted sculptures who are trapped in the vertical wall, the figures on the floor are covered in white light : they stay at a distance, away from the mess and experiencing the messy situation in a way that it does not affect them emotionally.


‘Habitando’ was created years ago in a ‘Guerrilla Lighting’ where Luisa Álvarez borrowed an abandoned house for a couple of hours, using its rooms among other elements that came across, turning the forgotten place into an inhabited one by the use of light.

In order to add some life to the house, the artist chose light, color and hundreds of silhouettes of people that emerge from various rolls of recycled negatives. 

The initial idea was to take advantage of and play with the natural light coming in through the windows. This resulted in a lot of experiments, but also was the starting point to inhabit the space little by little – and by doing so, the final focus of the project as it actually appears, was developed and brought to fruition.

There was one room in the house of which the walls were burnt, giving the room a very desolate feeling. Since furniture is indispensable to make a home out of a house, Luisa Álvarez decided to bring this room to life by adding colorful furnishings, created by herself.

She was already experimenting with used, disposable, photographic materials imprinted with silhouettes of people. She thought this technique was perfect to apply into the abandoned house, in order to bring out the meaning of a personal and human concept that Álvarez was looking for in the project. Furthermore, the vitality transmitted by the colors of the negatives together with its good translucent qualities allow the furnishings to have a very suggestive and versatile behavior in the presence of light.


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