Wall Have Tongues
While they may or may not have ears, the old walls of Queretaro City's Historical Center certainly speak volumes. Cracks, peels and faded colors reveal the transit of many years. Layers of paint and plaster boast generations of caring hands. And every day, innumerable shadows fleet or crawl across their surface, betraying the presence of their many metallic and concrete peers. The photographs are framed and arranged so the lines and shapes of the wall surfaces form continuous patterns, thus humbly suggesting phrases for this silent vocabulary.
Images were made looking for repeated elements, shapes, lost and found contours and a color palette based in Tepetate which is a hardened soil that is similar to the stones and characteristic of volcanic areas of America. Because of its high clay content, tepetate absorbs large amounts of water, has low fertility and hardens when it loses moisture. This has a copper color that gave the dominant colors to the city. There is scarce postproduction in order to reveal the “real” appearance of the walls and there is an intention of creating an equivocal space trough active framing since images are presented in polyptychs formed by 3 images. They are made of different size spaces and taken in different times of the day around the whole historical center which covers approximately a square mile. When viewers see them together, they may recognize the familiarity of the spaces but they also discover a new fictional space. If viewers have not seen the city, they are able to get the tone of the city’s historical center.