Exhibition view:
'Los Carpinteros - Candela', Abierto X Obras, Matadero, Madrid, cur. Manuela Villa, Jan. 26 - April 21, 2013

Photo: Paco Gómez

Light and energy envelope the spectator while entering into the installation ‘Candela’ by Los Carpinteros. With its variable meanings (an international photometric unit that measures light in space, a difficult situation, a clever person, a revolt, and even a woman’s name) the word candela unfolds in this case as fire, a word which also has different connotations. The fire is created by using backlight, a technique traditionally used in large political portraits in public spaces of Cuba, like the image of Che Guevara in the Plaza of the Revolution in Havana, ‘Candela’ also reflects the energy of the current social time and seemingly influences the room temperature in the exhibition space.

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