The Bankrupt Country as Non-Space
With unemployment rising and massive civil unrest about the impossible demands of the European Union in establishing balanced budgets, Spain has entered into the first phases of dissolving our traditional conception of the nation state. Like Greece, it’s becoming a state without a state: nothing more than a real estate investment of other, richer countries. Lara Almarcegui’s work deals with non-spaces, the unused property in cities for which there is no money or clear destination.
In the years prior to the crisis, the so-called “financial bubble” years, when speculation with real estate was a common practice in Spain (not only by banks, but also by middle class citizens), Almarcegui’s work could have been considered a counterbalance in defense of urban space’s valueless. Today, when devaluation is the general condition in Spain, her work appears under a different light. It turns to be a portrait of the country’s overall depreciation.
Almarcegui’s work is the ultimate expression of an artistic practice in a stateless state: what else can one do than declare the bankruptcy of a country as art, when there are no other financial means to provide the artist with?Vincent van Gerven Oei, David Maroto, Jonas Staal