Liga 26: Alejandro Paz

Exhibition, Graham Foundation, Chicago, US.


From May 1, 2017 until September 7, 2017
Alejandro Paz graduated as an architect from Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala City in 2003. He has been active in the fields of architecture and design in Guatemala, Central America, the Caribbean, and the US, and has participated in a number of individual and group exhibitions. Paz established his studio in 2005.
Paz Arquitectura approaches each project as an opportunity to question the nature of every element that shapes the design, in order to provide efficient and positive solutions for the user. It sees architecture as an opportunity to intervene in human lives to improve our living conditions and our development in the world we inhabit.
The LIGA exhibition space appears to be empty for the show by Guatemalan architect Alejandro Paz. What fills every corner of the gallery for his exhibition Endogeneities is the music of a sound piece.
This is the sound recorded during a performance on the day of the exhibition opening, and corresponds to a small orchestra of musicians performing an adaptation of Erik Satie’s famous works for piano, Gymnopédies. Another detail: the musicians are not inside the gallery, but beneath it. From there, they play their instruments in the damp and slightly hostile ambiance of the basement. They are cramped among a series of mysterious artifacts: the adjustable pilings that replaced the original foundations of the building where LIGA is based, and which are periodically corrected by the engineers responsible for making sure the enormous structure remains standing.
The gallery space, normally occupied, is empty. The windows, usually transparent, are occupied by images of these pilings. The gloomy, concealed, underground universe of the foundations sees the light in the form of photographs adhered to the gallery windows. Meanwhile, a few meters below, the lost echo of an unseen orchestra resounds.