EXHIBITION DESIGN OF VICTORIA RABAL’S "GYOTAKU: CAPTURING THE SOULS OF FISH"
Finalist in the 2015 FAD AWARDS FOR EPHEMERAL INTERVENTIONS
The technique of Gyotaku” ("fish printing") is achieved with few means: hands, paper, ink, brush, and little time, offering surprising results.
The montage of this exhibition also adopts this approach. With limited material resources and a very short execution time, the space was filled with the prints as the support disappeared into the background giving prominence to the work.
It is also conceived to be easily mounted and dismantled because of the itinerant nature of the exhibition.
The scale of the exhibition space, where ships were once built, allowed us to work in length, breadth and height filling the space with the work.
The structure is conceived to disappear amongst the exhibited works. Two swings set on three levels were built to support the stainless steel hanging lines with weights at their ends upon which the Gyotakus were to be hung.
Nets fall vertically through the entire height of the space.
The backdrop for images and texts are painted dark grey.
The swaying caused by the non-rigid support accompanies visitors as they move amongst the Gyotaku.