From: 17.04.2015 - 26.05.2015
ProjecteSD is honoured to present Xavier Ribas’ third solo exhibition at the gallery, in which he shows new work stemming from his recent project Nitrate, shown at MACBA in June 2014, and currently at the Bluecoat, Liverpool. Two negatives of a South American landscape taken in 1907 by Mabel Loomis Todd, and photographed at Yale University Library by Ribas, serve as point of departure from the Nitrate works and as starting point for this one. The title of the exhibition, It Would Never Be Quite The Same Again, which is also the title of one of the works, comes from the words uttered in court by a judge to support his verdict on the decapitation of a statue of Margaret Thatcher by an activist. They allow Xavier Ribas to weave together a constellation of stories of resistance or acts of dissent. Developed as large, detailed photographs alongside artist’s texts and copies of original documentation, the work looks at a number of events and documents that are construed as distant echoes of the detonations in the 19th century landscapes of the Atacama Desert in the recent history of Chile and Great Britain.