PHOTOGRAPHY: “Salva López”

18 08 PHOTOGRAPHY: Salva López

A crumbling water slide.

A broken deckchair.

An empty swimming pool.

I think I might cry.

Titled “l’Aquàtic“, these photographs by Barcelona-based artist Salva López aren’t nostalgic in a way that you would expect – they don’t ‘invite’ you to enjoy a summer’s day reclining by the pool. The cracked paint, empty spaces, tumbleweed, and overgrown grass all point to some sort of childhood apocalypse – or at the very least, a failed business venture. López does not paint a happy picture: the sky is a depressing light Grey, the overall tonal coloring is concrete, but there is hope. Graffiti tagging breaks through the dull surrounds and gives our eyes a burst of color every now and then, transforming the architecture into some sort of bizarre play land.

It’s not just abandoned water parks that López invades, but also empty apartment blocks, a well known night club and beaches. Not all of his photographs are ‘people-free’, but perhaps the most disturbing are those spaces left to entropy, and the space that still retain marks of their former owners – like the series “Liar“. Devoid of obvious signs of life, they are heavily laden with subtext.

Text by Marion Piper.

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