The More We Look Ahead, The More We See Behind

A Window Installation by Club del Prado
April 23 - May 25, 2024

Construction and destruction; gentrification and displacement; community and loneliness; wealth and poverty. The dynamics of everyday life create and sustain dualities. In the Printed Matter / st Marks window, Carmen Benito and Mateo Barbuzzi present a multimedia photographic installation that challenges the viewer’s perspective on these dichotomies.

The more we look ahead, the more we see behind is a representation of how people live and relate within contemporary society. Benito and Barbuzzi use materials such as vinyl and fabric, creating a facade of overlapping transparency and shadow that mirror the layers of city life. Their photos create a visual narrative that explores both progress and tradition in this context, asking: how are the concepts of “ahead” and “behind” themselves human constructions?

A veil that is built by hand, nail by nail, brick by brick. Translucent concrete that sometimes lets sunlight through, not without effort and determination. The installation seeks to show what is hidden behind this constructed veil of the everyday; it beckons the passerby to approach the building from the busy sidewalk, to get closer, to change their point of view.

Join us on Tuesday, April 23 from 6:30—8PM at Printed Matter / St Marks for an opening reception and gathering with Barbuzzi and Benito of Club del Prado. Drinks will be provided.

Club del Prado, is an independent publishing house that was born in Buenos Aires in 2016 and is now based in A Coruña, Spain. Their work has been noted for its ability to capture the complexity of modern life and its multiple layers of meaning.

Carmen Benito was born in Santiago de Chile in 1994 and currently resides in Barcelona, Spain. She is a Photographer and Filmmaker specializing in Cinematography. Her work consists mainly of video and analog photography, with an emphasis on experimenting with different formats. She has been involved in audiovisual projects in Chile, Mexico, Argentina, the United States, and Europe. She has published four photobooks with Club del Prado (Argentina) and Zuni Zines (Chile).

Mateo Barbuzzi was born in San Carlos de Bariloche in 1994. He has lived in Buenos Aires and Mexico City, and currently resides in Spain. Since 2013, he has been involved in various editorial projects as a photographer, editor, and printer. He founded the independent publishing house Club del Prado in 2016. Choosing the book-object as his favorite medium for displaying graphic material, his work explores different possibilities of printing, formats, and supports. He has participated in fairs, workshops, and exhibitions in various cities across America and Europe.