IILA Prize 2014 – Rodrigo Illescas: Lucubration

About This Project


Rodrigo Illescas explores Rome and its classic history and to do so, he places his trust in the night and the darkness, waiting for the light to penetrate just enough to lightly touch upon shapes, moulding the material until it assumes an identity. The ruins of Rome as a resilient mark of time are nothing new (think of Koudelka’s Theatre of Time), but Illescas’s lucubration takes inspiration from the masters of chiaroscuro to confuse ancient and contemporary ruins: the light is just sufficient to describe a covered car as a funeral altar. Another recurring theme is windows: for Illescas they are not gateways to another world, nor are they needed to let in light, rather they suck it up, completely absorbing it. The Rome sketched by Illescas is therefore a solitary, silent place, where everything is frozen in marble shapes, even the drapes over the scaffolding or the few human figures deprived of their faces and therefore their identities.

MACRO, XIV edition