Jorge Ribalta. ‘Scrambling'
Jorge Ribalta shows his personal and contemporary vision of the Alhambra in his work ‘Scrambling', belonging to "Tender Puentes"
"Scrambling" is a piece comprised of 77 photographs that portray the Alhambra not just as a monument, but the way in which the artist personally understands the monument, and his intention to show how the monument "occurs".
Jorge Ribalta considers the Alhambra as a post industrial work, in four senses:
- The Alhambra as a monument, a constructed place.
- The Alhambra as a treasure, due to the heritage and history it reflects.
- The Alhambra as a town, because it has a life of its own, generated by its employees and also by its visitors, who come to this public space.
- And, finally, as an economy, due to its vision as a monument that brings wealth.
One of the most relevant aspects of the work is the moment when it was carried out, as the photographs were taken when the Courtyard of the Lions was closed to the public. The paradox of the situation also responds to the artist's intention to show the monument at a time when it was not seen, and also with a new form.
According to Ribalta, his work is based on two pillars: "on the photographic collection of the Museum University of Navarre, which is a very important collection for the reconstruction of the national history; and, specifically, on two photographs by Charles Clifford, which are the Puerta del Vino (Wine Gate) orTemplete". Both these photographs, which belong to the collection, date back to the end of the 19th century and their theme is the Alhambra.
The 77 pieces that make up "Scrambling" are grouped into 10 series that reflect key aspects both for the creative process of his work and for the message and the way the monument is transmitted:
- The inspiration: An image of La Torre del Vino (Wine Tower) by Charles Clifford, shown from an open book, combined with photographs that reflect the dream of a researcher who views the archive.
- The urban, public part of the monument. The rest area.
- Security. The Civil Guard helicopter flying over it reflects the security arrangements put into place due to a political visit. The defence tower of the monument.
- Its employees. Understand how the monument is produced by the work of different people. Guided tour, architect of the restoration… Portraits of people that make it possible.
- Water. Water course and tank. Under the public part of the monument.
- Stone, another key element. Series of plasterwork.
- The Foz of the lions. The restored lion.
- The Public. Sale of entrance tickets, rest, buses, security…
- The commercial exploitation of the monument: Shop, postcards, printing on demand…