This two channel video installation brings together two identical objects with parallel histories. The Cibeles fountain is neoclassical fountain in Madrid constructed in 1777 under the redevelopment of the city as Spains new capital. A exact to scale replica was constructed in 1981in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City as a symbol of gratitude by the Spain to acknowledge the many Spaniards who sought political in Mexico after Francisco Franco came to power Spain. In this video work the camera does three rotations around the fountain at different focal lengths exposing the condition of each one but also the areas surrounding them and how the architecture and advertising around the fountains speaks to the contention and contradiction in what they symbolize.
Videography in Mexico City by Daniel Castillo Reynoso
Videography in Madrid by Luis Valera Rojo