JORGE YEREGUI | LAS MONTAÑAS PERFECTAS
Exhibition view, "A punto de ser nada" FCAYC.
Jorge Yeregui, "Las montañas perfectas III", 2021
On the Verge of Being Nothing is conceived as a kind of phantom library. It preserves landscapes on the brink of disappearing. It presents, in a sampling that is not only vertical but in all directions, remnants of matter, energy and forms. These have all been located and created in a series of fieldwork sessions in the company of Irene Grau, Juan López and Jorge Yeregui over the last three years. The research links not just times and fields but also all kinds of substances. It includes records and lives, present in the day to day of this place in which we find ourselves and with counterparts in countless other places on the planet. It is developed among karst, mines, mountains, high-impact infrastructure projects and agrarian images; complex hybrids of history, sometimes linked by far from obvious tunnels and galleries – aesthetic, poetic and political.
It anticipates the need to open out our imaginaries to furnish us with narratives with a different kind of resonance, capable of reinvesting us with empathy and incidence on and responsibility for global presents and futures viewed from a mountain region in the rural environment of León.
On the Verge of Being Nothing is a research project that brings together elements of the work carried out over the last ten years at FCAYC and around that starting point – the landscape before and under our eyes – with an exhibition that touches the ground with the courage to intuit what will come next: what purposes and futures we need to imagine in order to give continuity to life insight of its own ghosts.
“Las montañas perfectas” presents a study of the form associated with mining and extraction activity. Divided into three chapters from different perspectives, this project explores how mining has modulated the landscape through large displacements of earth. A whole range of geometric shapes have been deposited on the land which are gradually becoming integrated into the existing landscape.
"Las montañas perfectas I", 2021
Archival pigments on cotton paper
125 x 160 cm (Image 105 x 140 cm)
Ed. 1/3 + 2PA
Las montañas perfectas I documents a large rubbish dump belonging to Vegamediana Factory. The tip, almost perfectly cone-shaped, is nestled in a valley next to the river Esla, where little by little, it is becoming overgrown with vegetation.
On the other hand, Las montañas perfectas II presents an archive of 96 dumps modelled with 3D technology and printed in PLA. The forms of these dumps have been retrieved from The National Inventory of Ponds and Dump, developed in 1989 by the Geomining Technological Institute of Spain and relating to the province of León.
Finally, through creating a unique image, Las montañas perfectas III proposes the various kinds of topographies that can result from the depositing of anthracite.
In Las montanas perfectas II, my work is based on the inventory of ponds and dumps recorded by the Instituto Tecnológico Geominero in 1989; a catalogue of silhouettes that appeared in the area as a result of mining activity. As its name suggests, the document is an inventory of all the ponds and dumps that could be catalogued by 6 experts at the time in Leon, comprising 900 files in total. These vast volumes of material extracted from the mountain’s interior and deposited on the land gave rise to a wide array of forms.
A punto de ser nada. 1 de 3. Jorge Yeregui, 2021 / Fundación FCAYC
Thanks to: Alfonso Esquivel, Andrés Díez-Herrero, Arsenio Terrón, Aula Paleobotánica de Fabero (Ernesto López & Joaquín Ramón), Bruno Marcos, David Rubio, El Naán, Esperanza Fernández, Hacendera Abierta (Javier Llanos, Miguel Ángel Llamas ND Mónica Castro), Javier Rubén Castrosín, José María Cerrato, José María Parreño, José María Pulgar, José Vicente Casado, Juan José Valderrey, Juan Manuel Villanueva, Menhir, Rubén Alonso, Rubén Reinaldo Alonso, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Susana Cámara, Tecoi, Venus.
With the support of: Archivo Histórico Nacional, CIUDEN, Fundación Joaquín Díaz, Grupo Mirabaud, Museo de la Academia de Artillería (Ejército de Tierra-Ministerio de Defensa), Museo de León, Solopiedra.
Curator: Alfredo Puente
Production: Fundación Cerezales Antonino y Cinia
Partnership: ARTES 2019-2021 Mirabaud Group
COMUNIDADES. LA PISCINA II
The infographics and photomontages used by developers to publicize their projects are aimed at providing images that citizens can identify with and project themselves onto a place. These are representations that give a preview of the image of spaces still under construction and aim to transmit to potential clients what life will be like in this place. They usually focus on the common areas and services included in the development, offering an alternative «public space» to that of the street, safer and more controlled. These idealized projections, in addition to offering a careful image of the built space, recreate small domestic scenes that connect with the longings of those who contemplate them.
These images are usually printed at a large scale on different supports which gives them a particular texture, and are placed on the perimeter fence of the site, on advertising panels near the development or are used to decorate the sales booths located at the construction site.
Comunidades re-frames fragments of these images focusing on those domestic scenes in which people appear and a projection of how the place would be inhabited is shown.