The Catalan architect and photographer, Jordi Bernadò (Lleida, 1966) uses photography as a means of considering the city and architecture. His investigations of the great metropolises highlight the contradictions between the urban landscapes in the post-industrial society and display a subtle and corrosive humour.
Founder of the ACTAR publishing firm, specialising in architecture and contemporary art, Bernadò soon abandoned the architectural profession in order to take up a path that has refuses any simplification: “My training, or detraining was architecture. With photography it was an almost casual encounter, but from that moment I realised that I was not so much interested in physically constructing the city as trying to comprehend/complicate it by observing it. Because to comprehend something is fundamentally to complicate it: in our attempts to understand the world we are complicating it, we are enriching it with meanings. Chaos, understood as the intensification of the gaze on the world, is therefore welcome.”
For atlante007 Bernadò conceded himself a digression on the theme, exploring the intricate system of symbols that makes Rome a stratified city, the very image of power. Given the general theme, a similar configuration is disorienting. But what remains is a spiritual choice that should be taken as a proposal rather than a provocation. Perhaps in reference to the role that the diverse powers play in the definition of the territory, a battleground of contrasting interests?