The pictures of Antonio Castañeda, give a face to tens of facades of buildings that, for him, speak of one state of the soul sometimes proud, other lost and abandoned and, that in the end, do not reveal more than a nostalgia for a place that captivates beauty.
This limited edition printed on archival pigment print photographic paper is part of the series "The story of the front - Architecture of Santa Marta, Colombia", which tells the history of the city through its architecture through images of the most representative facades of different times, made with a planimetric representation technique by the artist Antonio Castañeda Buraglia. To achieve this Castañeda produces small fragments at different levels of the construction, which are then assembled in digital form, to conform the representation of the planimetry of the facade without distortion or perspective. In short, the final image of a single building can consist of 100 or more photographs.
“The history of a place or a city is reflected, or is condensed or can be told, in its buildings, through these or as an event in which the protagonists are not human characters but buildings. There are, as you can guess, many other ways of structuring or telling that story, the best known being to spin social and political episodes, without neglecting ethnic, economic, religious events, etc. A documentary text may give a false or mistaken impression of a battle, but a building cannot lie about itself, ”notes architect-historian Germán Téllez.
“In the cities, what we could define as the DNA of a particular culture is encrypted, and its urban planning and architecture become an inescapable tool to get started on that journey in time that takes us to the moment when two worlds are they found and formed a new one ”Architect Alberto Escovar.