Xavier Aragonès

Works / Pas del Nord-oest

2014-2016

Surrounded by railroad tracks, motorways and residential areas, there is a place in the outskirts of the city I live in that once became my personal fantasy playground. Over the course of three years I devoted myself to relentlessly wander around all its nooks and crannies, mostly on foot, usually at sunrise and always on my own.

What started as a series of random drifts slowly became sort of a conquest plan: I was actually in the process of making that place mine (obviously in a figurative sense). By walking up and down the same old trails over and over again, I was taking possession of all those pines and oaks, that abandoned barn, those dry creeks, that artificial lake… and giving them a whole new meaning in my imagination, turning them into a whole new fictitious place according to my tastes and influences from film, literature and photography.

The project title, Pas del Nord-oest (Catalan for Northwest Passage), is a reference to the legendary sea route connecting the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through the Arctic Ocean, as well as to the working title for the pilot episode of the TV series Twin Peaks. On a curious note, my main access to the area I explore in the project was through an old pedestrian tunnel under the railway in the Northwestern edge of the city.

Pas del Nord-oest began to take shape under the guidance of Camilla de Maffei and Eugeni Gay during the year I spent at El Observatorio photo school, in Barcelona.
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