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Juan Baraja è un fotografo che, in linea con la più classica tradizione americana, documenta le realtà urbane dedicando una grande attenzione alle peculiarità architettoniche, e rendendone la vitalità attraverso il suo sguardo attento alle persone, ai dettagli, in affreschi dove bianco e nero e colore si equilibrano nel ricreare le diverse sfaccettature del mondo a cui si affaccia.

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Florida Ave.

From the traditional townhouses found in some of DC’s upscale neighborhoods to the gas station that seems to have been taken out of the Midwest, from the industrial zone to an area that is studded with small stores, for Juan Baraja, Florida Avenue is indeed a whole country by itslef, and he keeps his clear and attentive gaze on detail, on a corner, on a face, on tomatoes, moving from portrait to still life, from landscape to architecture.

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In 2021 Juan Baraja received a commission from the Fundación ICO to undertake a specific project on the new railway infrastructure known as the Basque Y.

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In the case of Corviale, on the outskirts of Rome, built between 1972 and 1974 by the architect Mario Fiorentino for the Istituto Autonomo Case Popolari, the urbanistic challenge centred on how to accommodate a community of 8,500 people. In contrast to the mass of concrete, areas of great vitality sprang up, with vegetable gardens and chicken coops, built by the residents over the years with recycled waste materials.

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Rozzol Melara is a brutalist social housing building designed between 1968 and 1971, and finally completed in the eighties, promoted by Trieste’s IACP municipal public housing authority.

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The Vele di Scampia development in Naples – designed by Franz Di Salvo on the basis of the 1962 Zona 167 housing legislation – is composed of three triangular concrete and steel ‘sails’ (vele in Italian, hence its name), built between 1962 and 1975, in line with the principles of Le Corbusier’s unité d’habitation. It was intended to house between forty thousand and seventy thousand people.

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Baraja completed this project in 2022 with a study of a second building of the same period and language: the Parnaso building in Porto, designed and built by José Carlos Loureiro in 1952.

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Águas Livres

In 2014, Juan Baraja began a study of the Águas Livres residential building, inspired by the programme of the Modern Movement and by Le Corbusier’s unité d’habitation.

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As part of the Listhús artist’s residency he was awarded in 2014, Juan Baraja explored a way of life profoundly conditioned by the biotope and by a light that is almost porous.

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Experimento Banana

In 2014, as part of the work he did during his Listhús residency, Juan Baraja visited the last vestiges of this agricultural activity’s material presence and forms associated with the rationalist architecture of the nineteen fifties in the north of Europe.

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His attention centres here on the rationalist scheme for the Hipódromo de la Zarzuela race track, on a hillside near Madrid, built in 1931 by the architects Carlos Arniches Moltó and Martín Domínguez in collaboration with the engineer Eduardo Torroja.

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This photographic series was born of an invitation from the Fundación Cerezales Antonino y Cinia (FCAYC), in 2015, to document the construction of a new cultural facility in its particular materiality. The photographer’s numerous visits to take the successive shots continued until April 2017.

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Perfil de escalera

The town of Mem Martins is a few kilometres from Sintra, in the Greater Lisbon region of Portugal. Juan Baraja’s visits to the area allowed him to discover new points of interest and initiate projects, some of which, such as the Stair Elevation, are still in the initial study and research phase.

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The space designed by Sert, a great diaphanous bay, dominated his friend Miró for more than three years, the length of time it took the artist to produce his first work in the place: a mural for a wall in Sert’s house in Cambridge (Massachusetts).

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Entre 2009 y 2012, en pleno vértice de la crisis económica que asoló gran parte de Europa, con especial intensidad entre los países del sur, Juan Baraja aborda con su cámara la presencia de algunos de los grandes centros de producción industrial relacionados con el sector de la construcción. Fruto de ello es la serie Catedrales

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A Rapa

The origin of the celebration of A Rapa in this Galician region, later, seems to be connected, according to oral tradition, to an offering by some of the neighbors of the town to San Lorenzo, in order to mitigate the effects of the bubonic plague. There is evidence of several episodes of this disease in the area since the mid-sixteenth century and are collected in the “Tumbo E” of the Cathedral of Santiago.


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Teatro Real

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