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Diffraction and Territory
Carlos Irijalba

11 June - 16 July 2015

The exhibition consists of a selection of eleven photographs and one video that are part of two series called Twilight and Inertia, where the artists focuses on spaces surrounded by sublime natural environments that are generally used for mass events. Thus, a legendary place is no longer legendary, since it receives an artificial light that pervades everything around us, an extrapolated light. It becomes a powerful, new image of territory, always using the human scale. In Twilight, the artist achieves that effect by relocating the lighting tower of a stadium to a forest in Navarra and creating a setting where the real viewers can perceive and experience the world around them for ten days and where everything is documented on pictures and video. Inertia is an almost opposite experience that is based on a video where the viewer becomes an immaterial entity just as the creating light.

Carlos Irijalba's work analyses the relationship between present-day humans and how they perceive reality based on time and space, two notions that the artist tends to emphasize for the sake of the viewer's experience. This new reality turns into interventions and pictures of things that we could interpret and describe as beyond real.


Carlos Irijalba (Pamplona, 1979) has become one of the most prominent Spanish artists in recent years. In 2013 he moved to Amsterdam after receiving an artist-in-residency grant from the Rijksakademie. He has been living and working between Amsterdam and New York since 2016.

Irijalba studied in the Basque Country and at the UDK (Berlin). His works have been displayed at international venues such as the Herzliya Museum (Israel), LMCC (New York), Guangzhou Triennial (China) and CAB Art Centre (Brussels), amongst others. In addition, he has received the Guggenheim Bilbao Photography Grant (2003), the Marcelino Botín Visual Arts Grant (2007/2008), the Purificación García Award (2009), the Generations Award (2009), the Shifting Foundation Award (San Francisco, USA) and the Art Situacions Award at ARCOMadrid 2018.

Some of his works are part of the collections housed in Museo Patio Herreriano, Artium, CA2M, Marcelino Botín Foundation, Coca-Cola Foundation, Obra Social Caja Madrid, IVAM, CAM, Museum of Navarra, etc.