Critique by Antonio Salcedo - Presència
Dream Visions of Tarragona
The artist Martí Ribas presents us his personal visions of the city of Tarragona. As he has done previously with Barcelona and Reus, and taking as his subject some of the most important sites of the city, he has created photomontages which are immense, unreal panoramas, or circular compositions, that the artist calls 'isolated worlds'. This sense of unreality, which comes from completely changing spatial perspectives, is counterbalanced by the fact that the work deals with places which are completely recognizable, and which, even if we have not visited them, can easily be identified. he thus creates a play of contrasts which has a particular attraction because they both exist and do not exist. The amphitheater, the cathedral, the walls, the upper part of the city - these are the place that Martí Ribas reconstructs in his own way, through digital manipulation. In addition, it is notable that the dream-like atmosphere is emphasized by the absence of any element that indicates or evokes the idea of movement.