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A house is always an expression of the person himself


In the western world, the division between public and private has always marked every space. The photographer Mariluz Vidal has tried to bring an end to that division. Her OPENHOUSE magazine project, created together with Andrew Trotter, is going to convert domestic spaces into galleries, open the doors of the homes of artists and creatives and generate events and activities that alter the meaning of a private place.

V.A.: Openhouse is a project that is based on privacy. This is reflected throughout: from the concept, the art direction and the photography to the decision to publish the interviews in the language of the person being interviewed. This appears to be a highly organic factor within the entire project.

M.V.: It's true. The whole idea of the Openhouse Project has grown spontaneously and naturally. It has been developed step by step, without being planned. And it has evolved to what it is today. As for the photography, we like to show the space in an attractive light - that interests us - but, above all, the report focuses on the people who develop and enjoy it. We try to convey what is happening there in a way that is relatable and inspirational. So we always ask the photographers we work with to take the photographs on the day of the event during the activity, of the people taking part, the musicians, the dinners, the little details, and to go back and take more photographs on another day, to focus on the space and the portraits of the people being interviewed.If possible, always with natural light. Additionally, Openhouse was multilingual by nature when it was created. As everyone comes from different places, language has always been a special feature of the project. So obviously, this is equally reflected in the magazine. As it is distributed globally, the main language had to be English, but we thought that it was vitally important for each person being interviewed to talk in their own language. So we decided that it was worth the effort to publish it in both languages.

The full interview is available here.

In the next issue of Arquetipos, we will be taking to David Bestué (Barcelona, 1980), the sculptor and author of the book ‘Enric Miralles from left to right (and without glasses)’. In recent years, David Bestué has carried out a number of sculptural projects focused on providing a critical examination of certain historical events and formal aesthetic developments characteristic of the avant-gardes of the last century in the artistic, architectural and literary fields, and in his Rosi Amor exhibition, which can be viewed in the Reina Sofía Museum until 26 February.


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