The Grid is a proposal by Eugenia López Reus and Miguel Jaime, forming CritTeam, consisting of three pieces - a photobook, a video and a workshop - that address those tensions between sameness and disparity, body and mind, flow and order that still define contemporary life.
"The Grid project began in 2016, when we decided to start photographing the Pavilion as no one had ever done before. A very pretentious intention, especially in a work like this, one of the most portrayed in history. We predict that, after the diffusion of The Grid at the Loop Festival, we will create a visual trending topic in which everyone will take their 'Grid' of the Pavilion."
Eugenia Lopez Reus and Miguel Jaime
The Grid explores the celebration of nature and culture in Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich's Barcelona Pavilion through its grid, challenging academic interpretations of this
building as a typical product of the industrial revolution that separate it from nature and culture. The project consists of:
→ The Grid Photobook constructs a critical vision through a sequence of photographs that point out the hidden order of the Pavilion. The alignment of the view with the joints of the pavement or the walls generates an unexpected perception of space that orchestrates geometry and nature. The 11 horizontal and 13 vertical photos, all double-page spreads, and the 6 drawings, 3 horizontal and 3 vertical, use the physical structure of the book to confirm both the horizon and the boundary between reality and the reflection on the marbles: a visual ode to the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion.
→ The Grid video addresses the logic of representation by combining photographs and black-on-white drawings of the Pavilion made from the same points of view.
→ Self-Grid is a participatory activity to share the concept of the project by Eugenia López Reus and Miguel Jaime. Those who take it will be able to create their own artistic photographs with a simple tool: the cell phone, and participate in the development of the project in a collaborative way.