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Photo by Álvaro Pérez Mulas

Text: Aditya Mani Jha Decrepit buildings, meandering pipe networks and forbidding doors: these are recurring images in Implicit, a new solo exhibition by Spanish photographer and professor Álvaro Pérez Mulas. Mulas is a versatile, inter-disciplinary artist who has worked across a wide range of media: sculpture, paintings, comics, video, installation and performance art. He prefers to let the nature of the idea dictate the choice of medium. The photographs that make up Implicit are often arresting enough on their own. An old, beaten down pipe raises its head, like a bleeding serpent poised for the fight of his life. A window with a horizontally segmented pane shows curiously symmetric cracks, like there was a single episode responsible for each of them. A door, forever bolted, is painted in an over-the-top red hue. Every structure (especially domestic ones) that man builds has, at its heart, only one function: to obfuscate, to carve out an impregnable island in the middle of nowhere. What happens when there is nothing left to hide? What secrets are these structures trying to tell us? Implicit asks questions like these. The current generation is witnessing an off-the-charts construction boom. Every day, old buildings are crushed and new structures take their place. But no brick wall collapses without clutching a piece of history to its breast, smothering it forever. Through these photographs, we see “the sediment that we leave in our absence”.

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