Pedro G. Romero
Madrid, 18/04/2013 - 16/06/2013
Pedro G. Romero
Madrid, 08/04/2013 - 16/06/2013
The countries began in 2008 as a commission from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid (the board included Aurora Fernández Polanco, Magdalena Mora Mayo and Cristina Peñamarín Beristain). The framework was a project called Destruction and Construction of Territory and it invited Pedro G. Romero to work at some specific places in the Basque Country. “With their pros and cons”, according to Pedro G. himself, “as examples of a certain urban treatment or as mere calamities.” Romero was already working in that same territory and soon he found an evident relation between the restoration of old paper factories in Tolosa and the current environmental disaster provoked by the paper industries in Hernani: “it was the same activity, it had just been relocated”.
This project, still ongoing, that Pedro G. Romero had begun to develop at the Basque Country, was called A Pure Violence, and it comprises the third major system of the F.X. Files, since its inception in 1999. The two former systems were The Empty City –whose final results were exhibited at the Tàpies Foundation in Barcelona, in 2006- and A Zero Economy, exhibited at the Museo Picasso in Barcelona ,in 2012.
In June 2013, as part of the series Treaty of Peace, a selection of thesauruses and early developments from A Pure Violence will be exhibited at the Museo San Telmo, in San Sebastian. Therefore, it seemed like a proper moment to exhibit in our gallery, Casa sin fin, one of Pedro G. Romero’s most peculiar pieces, constructed upon texts and images that create a relation (or a confrontation) between Thomas Bernhard and paper factories, “terrorism” and gastronomy, some graffiti from Tolosa and Mikel Laboa’s Lekeitioak, as well as contemporary artists, and industrial dump, Leni Riefenstahl and Àngel Guimerá, the forest and the mountaineers…
After this exhibition, and using the same materials, Casa sin fin, in collaboration with Editorial Periférica, will publish a book called Los Países (The Countries), just as it had done with Las correspondencias –an earlier work by Pedro G. Romero, and it will equally be the case with another piece belonging to A Pure Violence called Las Colombianas, a work still in preparation that was started in Medellin (Colombia) in 2011.