Carolina Caicedo (Cabestro)
Cuaderno de la Kursala nº 63
Photographs: Carol Caicedo
Editing: Carol Caicedo y Gonzalo Golpe
Design: Marina Meyer
Prepress: La Troupe
Printed in Spain by Artes Gráficas Palermo
Size: 16.5 x 22.3 cm
Language: Spanish / English
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Nelson Mandela is a square slab of cement in the heart of Madrid. Between the cobbled streets of Lavapiés, time seems to stop in this square. The urban layout of my city becomes prison architecture. Mandela looks like a prison yard, some people spend their days here and survive control.
The photographs collect fragments of a mental state, beyond the physical qualities of the urban environment. The portraits disappear, depersonalization is sought here as an indispensable element of confinement. The protagonists are limits and vulnerability and in their obsessive pursuit the circularity of time and repetition.
The sky does not exist in Cabestro, the frames almost always happen from above, as in the panoptic architecture: a place where you are watched without knowing that you are being. The geometry of the space marked by shadows, lines and angles generate a dialectic between the inert and the organic; nature is always presented as an idea of something that happened.
Cabestro is an animal that guides the wild cattle but it is also an insult that makes reference to someone manageable. The old square received the name of Cabestreros in honor of the office of keeping these animals.