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: