Jordi Benito

Galeria Carles Taché

De Vinaròs a Berlin (From Vinaròs to Berlin) is the title of Jordi Benito’s most recent installation. He covered the floor of the gallery with a lead coating, forcing the viewer to slow down and making him feel strangely imprisoned. Through this metallic bed he forged a path through the gallery, one delineated by nine granite stones of approximately one-and-a-half tons each. The pentagrams containing Carlos Santos’ musical score had already been etched into these stones. (Benito has collaborated with this contemporary composer, author of the opera Asdrúbila, 1992, since they met in 1973. They baptized their friendship by throwing a piano into the Mediterranean waters of Cadaqués, and this instrument has kept them united ever since.)

On this occasion, Santos’ presence in this installation took an epistolary form, as if the musical composition had been sent in a letter from Vinaròs (a point

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