Dionisio González (born 1965 in Gijon, Spain; lives and works in Seville, Spain).
“‘This exhibition intends to show a work of restitution of omitted vestiges’, explains González. It is therefore an archival task ‘based on processing the object so that it does not become corrupted by oblivion and may be interpreted through its scale and dimension’. The artist has selected buildings that were never erected, such as the Governor’s Palace, in Chandigarh, India; Villa Paul Prado in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Museum of Unlimited Growth, in Algeria, to restitute them and, at the same time, to destruct them.
“The photographer makes the unrealised projects of the master of modern architecture explode, following the idea of philosopher Heidegger that ‘every unbuilt project is a ruin’. The non-execution becomes here ‘a silent and silenced destruction, an explosion which, in this case, implodes.”
—Press release, “Le Corbusier: The Last Project,” Ivory press website.
“For this series, González created a set of images of fantasy landscapes based on twenty designs by the Swiss master. Known for his digital imagery that explores space and sculptural, architectural environments, it is no surprise that González’s new pieces are so convincing and painstakingly detailed that call for a double take.
“The photographer’s work reflects on themes of utopia, restoration, and ruin and at the same time allows the visitor to discover some lesser-known Le Corbusier works, which were designed but never built, such as the Governor’s Palace in Chandigarh, India, Villa Paul Prado in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Museum of Unlimited Growth, in Algeria. ‘This exhibition intends to show a work of restitution of omitted vestiges’, he explains.”
—Ellie Stathaki, “Photographer Dionisio González re-imagines Le Corbusier’s works,” Wallpaper*, May 31, 2013.