URBAN IMPOSITIONS

The urban spaces I’m drawn to are defined as much by people as buildings and objects. Absent any human presence, I initially found this photo series incomplete – an unfinished canvas waiting to be populated.

I decided to apply my own visual process of urbanization – relocating life and activity from one space to another, and in the process, creating the kinetic urban scene that I was originally looking for. After recording people moving through areas that approximated the physical perspective of my photos, I isolated their movements, removing all inanimate structures and objects. Applied to the photos, the dynamic elements in the projections migrate from video to print, and from conscious to concrete. Movements and paths through once empty physical spaces become defining characteristics of a new environment.

floridamininggallery:

Urban Impositions is a multimedia video and photography installation by Cuban artist Kedgar Volta. Inspired by the vacancy of the urban environments he found when he moved to Jacksonville Florida from his home in Havana, he used his artwork to underscore the absence of people by repurposing ghostly images of the population of other places to Jacksonville’s downtown.
"Cuba is a very alive place and to an extent reminds me of New York and I’m drawn to that. That’s the way I grew up. So, it was just a shock. First of all a change of culture and then second, I landed in a city; in a space that was not quite a city. It was not populated,” Says Volta.
Volta’s Urban Impositions exhibition is photographs of those vacant urban spaces with projections of footage taken from busier cities cast over the photography. The effect is a haunting and intimate immersive art experience. 
“When you build a building, you want people to actually be in that building…There were a lot of places that were man made that weren’t serving their purpose.” Volta captures these vacant sites and haunts them with the people not authentically in the work, but rather imposed via the projection.
"This is my first time working with projections but it will not be my last." Volta is currently working on a video project in Cuba.
Urban Impositions premiered at North of Modern, a gallery show in Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach curated by Florida Mining. 
Check out videos of the installation here:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201167040527096
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=734400653254242
floridamininggallery:

Urban Impositions is a multimedia video and photography installation by Cuban artist Kedgar Volta. Inspired by the vacancy of the urban environments he found when he moved to Jacksonville Florida from his home in Havana, he used his artwork to underscore the absence of people by repurposing ghostly images of the population of other places to Jacksonville’s downtown.
"Cuba is a very alive place and to an extent reminds me of New York and I’m drawn to that. That’s the way I grew up. So, it was just a shock. First of all a change of culture and then second, I landed in a city; in a space that was not quite a city. It was not populated,” Says Volta.
Volta’s Urban Impositions exhibition is photographs of those vacant urban spaces with projections of footage taken from busier cities cast over the photography. The effect is a haunting and intimate immersive art experience. 
“When you build a building, you want people to actually be in that building…There were a lot of places that were man made that weren’t serving their purpose.” Volta captures these vacant sites and haunts them with the people not authentically in the work, but rather imposed via the projection.
"This is my first time working with projections but it will not be my last." Volta is currently working on a video project in Cuba.
Urban Impositions premiered at North of Modern, a gallery show in Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach curated by Florida Mining. 
Check out videos of the installation here:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201167040527096
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=734400653254242

floridamininggallery:

Urban Impositions is a multimedia video and photography installation by Cuban artist Kedgar Volta. Inspired by the vacancy of the urban environments he found when he moved to Jacksonville Florida from his home in Havana, he used his artwork to underscore the absence of people by repurposing ghostly images of the population of other places to Jacksonville’s downtown.

"Cuba is a very alive place and to an extent reminds me of New York and I’m drawn to that. That’s the way I grew up. So, it was just a shock. First of all a change of culture and then second, I landed in a city; in a space that was not quite a city. It was not populated,” Says Volta.

Volta’s Urban Impositions exhibition is photographs of those vacant urban spaces with projections of footage taken from busier cities cast over the photography. The effect is a haunting and intimate immersive art experience.

“When you build a building, you want people to actually be in that building…There were a lot of places that were man made that weren’t serving their purpose.” Volta captures these vacant sites and haunts them with the people not authentically in the work, but rather imposed via the projection.

"This is my first time working with projections but it will not be my last." Volta is currently working on a video project in Cuba.

Urban Impositions premiered at North of Modern, a gallery show in Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach curated by Florida Mining. 

Check out videos of the installation here:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201167040527096

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=734400653254242