Nicolás Lamas

Title

Unstable Territories

Year

2021

Location

Park Paelsteenveld
Kapelstraat 243
8450 Bredene

Unstable Territories

Two pieces of reflective material are processed in the sculpture Unstable Territories of Nicolás Lamas. He cut out the contours of the European map and assembled the parts so as to form a standing sculpture. Cartographers often degrade precisely these waters to a kind of ´emptiness´ or ´space to be filled´: they take second place to the land areas described in detail. They divide up terrain, mark borders and thus frequently also ´property´. By contrast, the seas or oceans - which nevertheless cover 71% of the Earth´s surface - have little geopolitical importance. Lamas does the opposite here. This time, the cut out or ´negative´ space is the land, not the seas or oceans.

In the perspective that we develop as human beings, we rarely comprehend the full picture. Either we still lack certain knowledge, or we classify the knowledge that we already have - just like the ´land´ map - extremely subjectively. Think for example of Africa, a continent that in reality is many times larger than the world maps would lead one to believe. Yet Lamas believes that we can ourselves cast doubt on these relations. At the same time, Lamas reminds the viewer of his or her physical relationship to our environment by working with reflective material.

Location

Park Paelsteenveld
Kapelstraat 243
8450 Bredene
Bredene

Close by: 
- Coastal tram stop Bredene Renbaan

- Bicycle network 
junction 56

- Walking network
junction 57

PE, °1980

By interweaving the natural order with structures from contemporary culture, Nicolas Lamas creates objects that transcend both natural logic and society. Exhibitions: 2021 Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré. Tours (solo); 2020 In Extenso, Clermont Ferrand (solo); 2019 Witte de With, Rotterdam; 2019 Meessen De Clercq, Brussels (solo) ; 2019 arts festival Watou.