Gaal D. Cohen is a storyteller who wanders the world with his camera recording fragmented accounts of a truth underlying the existence of something deeper than the visible. His images move from apparent to symbolic universes populated by ghosts, where the forms captured by his lens lead to stages of intuition.
With thirty photographs divided into three chapters, the author captures the details of several of Antoni Gaudí's emblematic buildings in which unplanned elements appear by chance, in the manner of spectra that were incorporated into the image to attest to the uncertainty of the senses and the presence of a second reality hidden from view. But while the ghosts arose by chance, the author's interest in the brilliant Catalan architect, whose religiously charged works he knew from childhood and in which he found meanings that acquired new dimensions over time, is not fortuitous.
Constructions dating back to the dawn of the 20th century, such as the Sagrada Familia, the Güell Park or the Batlló and Milá houses in Barcelona, are translated in Gaal's photographic version into a metaphor of the struggle of spirit against matter, in harmony with the Catalan genius' mystical vision, to bear graphic testimony to a tale founded on the ascendant path to freedom.
María Fernanda Matos