Non-structures – Estudio Ibanez

Non-structures

The series ‘Non-Structures’ presents London – and cities in general – as a spectacle of constant conflict, negotiation and flux. Capturing key moments in the life of diverse buildings, the images reveal a condition of transience, trapped as these buildings and sites are between the boundaries of architecture and ruin, planning and chance, process and product. The term ‘Non-Structures’ alludes to anthropologist Marc Augé’s influential work ’Non-Places’; this boundary condition, defined by an absence of identity, has lent its name to the series.

Using similar parameters of light, composition and scale, these ‘Non-Structures’ appear to be frozen in a specific time and context, as dysfunctional devices that question collectively the processes of change and the impermanence of the city. From the demolition of iconic buildings such as Robin Hood Gardens to various transformations of anonymous buildings in London, the photographs aim to unveil the unexpected and sculptural morphology of these ‘non-structures’, while simultaneously documenting the constant tension that exists with their surroundings. Can these ‘non-structures’ be considered involuntary works of art?

Beyond visual documentation, this series of images initiates a dialogue concerned with what type of future we want for the places in which we live, work, and pass the time.

Print Editions

All photographs are available as archival limited edition prints. All prints are hand signed and numbered, and come with a signed certificate of authenticity. For more information, please send an email to fibanez@estudioibanez.com.

Group exhibitions

October 2018_Pic up prints, Tea Building, London, UK
March 2019_Spectacle and dissolution in the financialised city, UCL Bartlett School of Planning, London Screening of film Vertical Horizons by Tom Wolseley and exhibition of series Non-Structures. Participation in a discussion panel

Solo exhibitions

March-April 2019_Ekho gallery, Santiago, Chile
June-July 2019_Velorose Gallery, London, UK. The exhibition was part of the London Festival of Architecture

Awards

November 2019_International Photography Grant, third place documentary

Selected publications

March 2019_Imágenes Mutantes (Mutant Images), Revista V&D, El Mercurio, Chile
March 2019_Imágenes Mutantes (Mutant Images), Economia y Negocios, El Mercurio, Chile
June 2019_What lies behind? The facades of London, The Guardian, UK
July 2019_Imperfect Beauty: photographing a city’s life-cycle, Greyscape, UK

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