Jordi Colomer

Museo Pablo Gargallo

The title of the exhibit “Como en casa” (Like home) resounds with the echo of the bourgeois value of hominess, expressing a certain contemporary nostalgia for a “safe” place. “Como en casa,” in effect, parodies the familiar advertising slogan “todo en cast: sabe mejor” (everything tastes better at home). Indeed, it immediately becomes apparent that Jordi Colomer’s work is situated light-years away from that order of values. It deplores that hypocrisy of comfort, of a supposed wellbeing; Colomer builds, on the contrary, houses that, viewed through such a nostalgia, return nothing but a feeling of estrangement, of uninhabitability.

At the same time, however, there is an affirmation of private space before the obscene transparency and surface intensities that contemporary mass communications impose. In the face of this transparency, Colomer’s casas generate an opaque, reserved space of

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