Sigismond de Vajay

Unreachable Empires

Conceived by artist/curator Sigismond de Vajay, this artist’s book combines 70 of his drawings alongside commissioned essays by Mexican novelist Mario Bellatín, French biologist and glaciology researcher Bruno Jourdain, and geography and biotechnology expert Elizabeth R. Johnson.

Together, thanks to their intertwined dialogue around reality, fiction, science, knowledge, and the power of artistic approaches, they express a subjective vision of our changing times.

Vajay’s practice emphasizes the systems that govern the planet, irregularities and social differences, power and global control.

From a disenchanted perspective, his art oscillates ceaselessly between the human and the machine, the individual and the mass, or between nature and technology.

The artist’s works have in common a dystopian aesthetic, which allows him to address the condition of contemporary societies in a state of ruin.

Through his pencil and watercolour drawings, produced between 2012 and 2017, Vajay explores themes and motifs such as post-industrial landscapes, endangered natural spaces, and lonesome machines, as well as complex human, natural, and architectural organizations.

English, French and Spanish text.

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