Nitrato / Nitrate, 2014
Ed. MACBA, Barcelona / Museo Universidad de Navarra. Spanish and English copies.
176 pp. 23 x 31,5 cm. Price: 35 €
Book after the artist's project that explores the histories and legacies of British investment in Chilean nitrate mines from late 19th to early 20th century and its global trafficking. Through an examination of sites, artefacts and images, the project traces nitrate's route from natural mineral state processed in the Atacama desert, to transported commodity and stock market value to become, ultimately, part of the material and symbolic heritage of London mansions and estates in the capital's surrounding countryside.
Concrete Geographies: Nomads, 2012
Ed. Bside Books, Barcelona
Spanish and English, 84 pp. 24 x 30 cm. Ed. 687, signed and numbered
Price: 35 €
On Feb. 24, 2004, heavy machinery entered an industrial plot in Barcelona occupied by 60 Gypsy families. Over a few days diggers drilled and lifted up the concrete floor of the site, intimidating and pushing the Gypsies out. A contorted surface, like a horizontal wall, was left, to keep the site empty. The broken ground, the cracked fragments of concrete slabs standing up like remnants of ancient Mayan stelae, prove this displacement and the economic value of destruction to control space.
Ed. Gustavo Gili, Barcelona
Spanish and English, 136 pp. Ed. 1500
Price: 25 €
At the periphery, the city illuminates itself, negatively. Every image seized there, at the precipice where the urban compulsively extinguishes itself, is a story so concertinaed by sensation or absence that it fixes the eye profoundly into that image. In Europe, from Marseilles, to Berlin, to Rome, to London, the cities are engulfed: rendered into negligible corporate outposts, all images relentlessly pitted-out - except on their resistant peripheries. [From the text by Stephen Barber].
Xavier Ribas, 1998
Ed. Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca
Spanish and English, 65 pp., 23,5 x 29 cm. Ed. 3000
Price: 20 €
If you take a stroll one sunny Sunday morning through the peripheries of Barcelona you’ll come across a strange landscape. Between the motorways and housing blocks, the industrial states, the malls and sports centers, at the edge of all this contemporary urbanization, you will find the marginal areas where folks flock together every week-end to spend their free time.