Fundació Mies van der Rohe has a photographic collection of images of the Pavilion taken over the years. The collection gathers very diverse works of great quality that illustrate different moments in the life of the Pavilion.
On this occasion, the work included are the photographs that Josep María de Llobet took in 2017 when architects Anna & Eugeni Bach transformed the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion with their project Mies Missing Materiality. For eleven days, the artistic intervention turned the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion into a life-size model, dressing it in a single uniform material to strip it of all its materiality. Faced with this new interpretation of the place, Josep Maria de Llobet attempts to photographically represent this model of the place that the Pavilion itself has become. To do so, he resorts to the technical possibilities of a large-format camera, which allows him to subvert the perception of the scale of what it shows us, playing with the concept of scale model and provoking an altered perception of reality, in a new twist on the gesture of the authors of the intervention.
Josep Maria de Llobet (Barcelona, 1973) is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and a lecturer at the Institut d’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya (IEFC). He has also been a member of the faculty of IDEP school and regularly collaborates with the university by giving photography workshops at various architecture schools in Barcelona, Girona and the IASAP-BV programme at the University of Illinois.
His work is characterised by the use of resources from artistic language to generate documents, with the aim of reflecting on social reality from a contemporary perspective. His field of action is the urban territory, driven by his interest in architectural space, he uses the photographic image as a material for the visual reconstruction of his surroundings.