Ignacio Acosta

Ignacio Acosta

Mapping The Zone: Reflections on Global Capital is a photographic investigation of architectural configurations at Canary Wharf. These photographs explore the formal aesthetic problematic raised by the complicity between photographic representation and architectural formalism. The images can be seen  as typologies of the expression of an ideology as it is embedded in the modern institution. Focusing upon subtle disruptions of the formalism of the architecture, the work reflects upon the function of images within regimes of global representation.

Canary Wharf is one of the main economic centres in the world. Between the 1980’s and the 1990’s a massive urban redevelopment of the area took place, which included the erection of One Canada Square, one of the most iconic buildings in London. Currently Canary Wharf possesses three of the tallest skyscrapers of the UK and houses headquarters of banks and multinational corporations with global influence, the working population being approximately 93.000 a day.

Mapping the Zone: Reflections on Global Capital presents Canary Wharf in series of architectural typologies of aerial views, corners, glass facades and unoccupied reception areas. These fragments become an exploration of the buildings’ surface and at the same time a reflection on the city itself. By presenting fragments I intend the images to effectively operate as a cognitive map of the urban landscape of Canary Wharf to enable viewers to recognise the former appearance of this utopian world of order, while experiencing the aesthetic pleasure of seeing.

Born in Valparaiso, Chile in 1976, Ignacio Acosta lives in London. He has studied architecture and completed a BA in Graphic Design with First Class Honours.
His practice addresses local versus global visual representations through investigations into the influence of Chilean territory upon national identity.

Additionally, he works with the abstraction of the contemporary metropolis as a stable model in an endless process of transformation, expansion and homogenization.

He has worked as an art director for video art, a designer for art institutions and universities in Chile and most recently worked on a multidisciplinary research project for the University of Brighton. In 2009 Ignacio was commissioned for a public art project by Haywood Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

In 2012 he began a PhD in Photography with the University of Brighton College of Arts and Humanities as part of the Traces of Nitrate project. Visit Ignaico Acosta's Phd student page


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