Miquel Mercè

Miquel Mercè (AND)

Biography

Born in Escaldes-Engordany in 1982, Miquel Mercè is an architect, a designer and a photographer. He studied at the University Paul Sabatier of Toulouse (France), where he received his Associate’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 2002 and went on to pursue his university Degree in Architecture until 2007. In 2006, he took part in a project to revitalise and conserve the historic city of Ahmedabad, in India.

Between 2007 and 2011, he worked for RCR Arquitectes d’Olot, an architecture firm in Catalonia that is well-known for its projects that are built into their settings. That professional experience would change his approach to and understanding of architecture. In 2010, he set up his own office and began to work on projects in Andorra, Spain, France and other countries, encompassing architecture, interiors and furniture, as well as photography and design.

His most recent projects include the beautification project for the old quarters of Canillo (a tender that he was awarded in 2015, the work of which will be executed in 2016-2018), the permanent exhibition of the Canillo aerial tram, “La memòria dels objectes” (The Memory of the Objects”) (2015), the beautification project for the Plaça Coprínceps d’Escaldes-Engordany (first place in the tender announced by the Parish Council in 2014, the work of which will be executed during 2015), the design of the scenery for the Andorra Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and the promotion image of the pavilion (2013), and the Centre Gastronòmic d’Hostalric (Catalonia) and its accesses (2011-12).

In the field of photography, Miquel Mercè’s most recent exhibitions were “Blur”, an itinerant exhibit through Andorra, as part of the Sergi Mas Awards (2013); “Entre natura i arquitectura” (“Between Nature and Architecture”), at the CIAM Interpretation Centre in Escaldes (2014) and “Beyond Vision”, which is the piece presented now in the Andorra Land Art Biennial.

POETIC CONTRAST

Exhibition

Photo exhibition by architect Miquel Mercè in the prestigious art gallery Pilar Riberaygua of Andorra la Vella. We can see there photographs which, through an elaborate photographic process, allow capture without any editing or post-production a real intense contrast between the rock and the water of the rivers Madriu and Perafita.

These photographs narrate atmospheric part of the journey of water through the Andorran rivers in an environment that corresponds to 1,325 m of negative slope and over 6.2 km long. They were captured in some 25 trips made during a period of over a year. On these trips, Mercè has captured 1,200 images with an average exposure of 70 seconds.

Location

This photography exhibition will be shown at the Pilar Riberaygua Art Gallery, in the historic quarters of Andorra la Vella.


BEYOND VISION

Exhibition

This work is made up of three photographic series brought together in a new exhibition space that combines the concepts of art and ophthalmology. The three series on exhibit, “I series”, “Blur” and “Black Mirror”, explore the artist’s sensitive gaze and lead the viewer to discover magical and intriguing landscapes.

Location

This photo exhibition will be held at Dr. Hanneken’s VallmedicVision Eye Clinic, which is located at Carrer de les Nacions Unides 17, in Escaldes-Engordany.

The exhibition will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Longitude without width

Work

The aim of this piece is to create a gesture in a landscape that is rigid, geometric, precise or synthetic due to its matter, colour and shape. It is a straight line, as such does not exist in nature, in a bright colour. In fact its chosen hue is the most “anti natural” colour possible and completely contrasts with the existing mixed landscape, which is made up of tones of grey, green and orange.

This line not only raises our awareness of the reality of this landscape in our country; it breaks down that highly marked and contrasted border between the urban world and the natural world. Measuring 3 x 150 metres, the piece is located and fastened to the very stones of the Tartera de Carroi scree.

Location

The scree known as the “Tartera de Carroi” is located on the south slope of the Pic de Carroi summit, north of the country’s capital city. It is a place with a 40º gradient, formed by land and loose rock slides, which give it particularly special characteristics. Sitting at an altitude of between 1,155 and 1,322 metres, the actual length of the scree is 300 m, and the width is 92 m, making for an approximate total surface area of 27,600 m2.