© Anna Malagrida. VEGAP, Madrid, 2022
Windows are a frequent motif in the work of Anna Malagrida. They are a common subject throughout the history of art, as can be seen in the 17th-century paintings of Johannes Vermeer, and the Victorian era photographs of Lady Clementine Hawarden, for example. In Malagrida’s work windows become particularly important in series such as En la sombra [In the Shadows], Vistas veladas [Veiled Views], and Interiores [Interiors]. The latter, created between 2000 and 2002, comprises 18 photographs that are divided into two groups: a series of portraits shot in closed-in spaces; and a number of photographs of the exterior of a rationalist building in Paris, part of the Le Village Mouchotte housing complex, whose windows provide views of the everyday scenes unfolding within.
Untitled (Fachada IV) [Façade IV] depicts a building with many windows and robust horizontal and vertical lines designed by Jean Dubuisson, which, like in a painting by Mondrian, fill the image with a grid. In order to appreciate both the inside and exterior of the building, the photographs were taken at dusk. In this architecture Malagrida found metaphors for isolation, voyeurism, and a fascination for extraneous intimacy.