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Bleda and Rosa, Trafalgar (detail), 2013, nine ink-jet prints mounted on paper with text, overall 75 1/2 x 63 3/4".

Bleda and Rosa

Fúcares Madrid

Bleda and Rosa, Trafalgar (detail), 2013, nine ink-jet prints mounted on paper with text, overall 75 1/2 x 63 3/4".

Some twenty years ago, artists María Bleda and José María Rosa first earned public recognition for a very simple and evocative series of photographs titled “Campos de fútbol” (Soccer Fields), 1992. For all the images in this series, the pair used a similar compositional strategy to show empty spaces rich in associations. Their practice has remained fundamentally the same ever since: serial works, images of spaces seen from a distance, a certain neutrality, a primary focus on landscape. Drawing inspiration from the Bechers, Bleda and Rosa focus on the evocative power of any place that has a unique past. From the celebrated 1994 series “Campos de batalla” (Battlefields), which followed “Campos de fútbol,” to the ambitious “Origen,” 2003–2008, the couple’s work has consisted of serial landscapes capturing a sense of place that is concrete and physical yet rich in intangible

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