Explore collection:

Antoni Muntadas

Cercas (Fences), 2008

Cercas (Fences), 2008
Doce fotografías sobre papel. Impresión digital / Twelve photographs on paper. Digital print
45,7 x 76,2 cm cu / each Edición / Edition 2/9 Adquirida / Acquired 2009

Continuing his meticulous observation of the urban landscape and what its organization reveals about social structures and cultural habits, this time Muntadas focuses on walls and gates found in residential areas of cities or suburbs, and how these decisively mark the boundary between public and private space. Picturing extreme situations of “protection”, these photographs denote the obsession of the dwellers in those properties to create the tightest possible separation between the street and their homes, between themselves and the rest of the world. One can ponder the degree of fear these images express, but also how, by shutting themselves in, these people actually engineer the condition of their own incarceration. This impression is further enhanced by the complete absence of human activity, and one is inclined to think that in fact no human traffic that ever crosses these “frontiers”.

Share on

The artist

Antoni Muntadas

Barcelona, Spain, 1942

Considered one of the pioneers of media art and conceptual art in Spain, his work addresses social, political and issues of communication, such as the relationship between public and private spaces within certain social frameworks, or channels of information and the way in which are used to censor or enact ideas. He presents its projects on different media formats, such as photography, video, publications, Internet and multimedia installations.

Related works

Centro Botín

Albareda Dock no/d,

Peredas gardens

Can we help you?

If you need information or want to make a suggestion, please contact us below. Thank you.

Choose the reason for the message

Are you a friend of Centro Botín?

What do you want to ask us about?

We use cookies to gather data about your visit and analyse it in order to improve our website and serve personalised content. Go to our cookie policy for further information and manage your cookie settings.

Cookie settings

Choose the types of cookies you want to allow on our website and then click the save button to save your preferences.

Functional cookiesFunctional cookies are used to ensure the proper functioning of the website.

Analytical cookiesAnalytical cookies are used to analyse site usage for greater optimisation and usability.

Social media cookiesSocial media cookies are used to connect the website to third-party social media platforms like YouTube and Facebook. They can track your personal data.

Advertising cookiesAdvertising cookies are designed to gather information from you on your device to display third-party advertisements on relevant topics based on your interests. They can track your personal data.

OthersThis website also uses third-party cookies for services other than analytics, social media and advertising.