Víctor Enrich and his Impossible Buildings
ENGLISH CORNER, CON LINDA JIMÉNEZ – This week’s trivia question: What is “brutalism”, and where can you find examples of it?
Víctor Enrich was born in 1976 in Barcelona, where he began to study architecture before he realized that the practical restrictions of the field limited his creativity. He turned to photography and computer-assisted design, which he had been using for years, and began to create what he calls a “dreamlike version of reality”. Enrich has travelled widely and lived in several very different cities, including Riga, Munich and, especially, Tel Aviv.
Enrich’s artwork focuses on city structures, taking a particular building that catches his attention, then deconstructing and reconstructing it. He uses computer-aided photographic manipulation to transform the building, bending, twisting and reshaping it. The resulting image often contains a metaphorical twist as well; the re-imagined building becomes a form of commentary on the society that built it. These are not simply digitally created images, but an inventive use of digital graphics to alter real-life urban scenes.
Victor spoke with us about his life and work.