Heliópolis I / Nova Heliópolis II
Gijón, Asturias, 1965. He is a Doctor in Fine Arts from the University of Sevilla with his thesis La estética del horror. His work has received numerous prizes and scholarships. Amongst his latest exhibitions, his participation in the Biennal of Architecture in Venice, the individual one at the Kunstverein in Heidelberg in 2007 and his recent exhibition at the Art Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Seoul, South Korea, are the most noteworthy.
The fact that it is impossible to differentiate between private and public spaces, the sense of belonging to a group, the mobility of architectures, as well as the structuring of shanty towns, which are not based on a devised architectural plan, but develop wholly at random, are some of the fundamental aspects to be borne in mind when interpreting his work. Far from presenting a dramatic vision of a precarious existence, González, with the aid of his photomontages, forces us to regard the experience of poverty as a new and positive concept of barbarity. This series is the continuation of the project Arquitetura da sobra: a cidade subexposta and the result of several years of work travelling to the inner world of the shanties in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.