Architecture as a habitable, flexible environment is the principal theme of Vâstu. Iron, tin, aluminium and gesso among other materials have been chosen by José Noguero (born Barbastro, Huesca, 1969) to recreate his experience in India. The artist lived in Srinigar, the summer capital of the state of Kashmir, in a region marked by the flow of the river Jelhum. There, Noguero was fascinated by the houses built by the local people: "simple spaces which captivated me, exquisitely made in the materials which they have to hand, mixtures of mud, bricks, stones and corrugated iron".
Through these works, the artist investigates the concept of authenticity and the true meaning of essential. The title of the exhibition - V‰stu - refers to this. The word comes from Sanskrit and has various meanings, among them an allusion to the real, the true. Noguero constructs a discourse around this concept in which he aims to define the essence of the elemental, expressed through the notion of habitability and the house as organic space. Particularly noteworthy in the exhibition are Morada (Dwelling, 2004) and Das Heim (Dwelling, 2004), depicting two houses on pillars, as well as Vastu (2004), a sort of house-boat of the type used in this region. Such works express the strength of the link between this region and a river which could be seen to symbolise the transience of life. These two types of constructions, which are particularly striking for their fragility, could be seen as two contrasting modes of looking at life, as Fernando Huici explains in the catalogue: Ňthe person who allows himself to be swept along by the current; the other, aware of this unstoppable flow, aware that everything comes to pass, but in its right place, implacable, like the song that refers to Ňwatching life passŇ. The exhibition is completed by two photographs mounted on aluminium inspired by NogueroŐs stay in India, as well as two sculptural groups which are reflections on the relationship of people and their environment, their hopes and fears.