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Erola Arcalís     Shipwreck studies On myth and representation       Daguerréotype       La mesa de los ausentes     Rehearsing the real      Lethe    about






Shipwreck studies




Shipwreck Studies‭  ‭is a collection of objects that used to belong to my great-grandfather‭. ‬A craftsman and ‭a man of unconventional thinking, ‬his last project was the building of a 26‭ ‬meters long vessel with reclaimed materials from the sea that was to remain moored in the middle of a rocky field‭. ‬Unexpectedly a provoked fire destroyed it‭.‬

Twenty-five years on I came back to the same place in the island of Menorca and gathered few of the remaining flotsam from his little utopia and travelled back to my studio in London‭.‬























A vessel settled
in a meadow
of asphodel
glass and dry fennel

[all memories dissolve]







































Vessel I, X, V, VII, II, III, VIII, IX
silver gelatin prints
27 x 35 cm


Paco Preto building his last ship on a rocky field, 1971
family archive







Erola Arcalís     Shipwreck studies On myth and representation       Daguerréotype       La mesa de los ausentes     Rehearsing the real      Lethe    about