“You can’t get something out of nothing”—burning installation by Miguel Arraiz and his team.
The Fallas Festival is an annual event held in Valencia, Spain. Every year the ultimate goal of these installations is to be burned in the end to celebrate the arrival of spring. Using wood and cardboard, Miguel Arraiz and his team built an oil rig. The installations are built with the purpose to criticize current affairs, politics, and everything that’s going wrong in today’s society.
“The oil platform appearing in the middle of the city as a strange object, trying to obtain resources and benefits of the city but without being able to achieve it. Represents and criticizes the lack of citizenship to become masters of their own future, at the same time it was a criticism of the political class and how their management of citizen resources had ended up in an exploited city that is no longer able to produce benefits. In parallel to the installation, VV a fictitious political party was created, with the oil platform being the headquarters of that party and the place where the primaries were to be held to elect a candidate. VV – Valencia en Venta (Valencia for sale) had as the only point of the political program to sell Valencia to the highest bidder. That is why during the two months prior to the festival, the city was flooded with electoral posters and propaganda without anyone knowing the relationship of these with the artistic piece that was to emerge in the middle of the city during the month of March.”
Author: Miguel Arraiz
Client: Asociación Cultural Castielfabib
Date: 14th-19th March 2019
Graphics: Jose Francisco Carsí
Photography: Noel Arraiz / Lisa Ferguson
Video: Andreu Signes
Drone: Buscando a Cochet
Artisan: Jose L. Perez Ballester