The Body Compass

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20 analog images prints on paper mounted with silicon on Plexiglas/ B/N / 2000
Collection CA2M, Comunidad de Madrid (Spain)

“Double room with bath, freshly made beds, untidy beds, guest house, white sheets. Axis of the world. Local Displacement, the body at rest and eyes open. Past, present and future. Purification .Wakefulness. Place that indicates the way, search, vast plains, disposition, first and last view. To travel. To return. East and West. Cardinal points and body movement. Meeting point, childhood dreams. Crescent Moon. Direction of the horizon. Wind rose. Sextant. North, South, East, West ” Beatriz Ruibal, 2000 


Beatriz Ruibal continued her exploration of repose, rest and the realm of dreams in 20 photographs of hotel rooms. The pictures are taken for the 2 months that last a trip through Chile, Bolivia and Argentina. In these works, we once again see a predominant interest in the bed as the symbolic place of rest and dreams. The Body Compass that represented by the anonymous space of the hotel room, a place of passage decorated to give the impression of a home away from home. The hotel room is the solitary domain of the traveller, who never goes to bed in the same place where he awoke that morning. His dreams seem to fuse with the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of creatures who have laid their heads on the same pillow before him. The impressions left on the sheets by their sleeping bodies are reminiscent of the impressions of light on photo emulsion.