Urban form, in all its versatility, represents the explorational core of Barcelona-based Víctor Enrich. This Catalan-born artist (1976), who attended college studies at the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB), had already manifested a big devotion to the geometry of cities during his childhood years, a passion which has evolved into his actual artistic practice. Enrich’s first steps into art began in the city of Riga, where his early works were exhibited in several group shows. However, it’s in Israel, between 2009 and 2011, where his artistic practice and recognition acquired higher levels of resonance. In 2015 Enrich received major acknowledgment by winning several art prizes such as the T.I.N.A prize, and many others.
“City portraits” (2007-2012) is a series of pictures of a selection of a wider photographic report made during a six year long journey that Víctor Enrich made through central Europe and the Middle East. From among all the locations, a special mention goes to the cities of Riga (Latvia), Tel Aviv (Israel) and Munich (Germany), due to longer stays compared to the other ones that were visited.
This importance of this series relies on the fact that it represents the first serious and long term experiment in Enrich’s artistic career even though none of the belonging pictures were created to be part of a conceptualized project. Instead, each of them acted as a trigger to produce the next one. Thus, in the series it’s possible to check how, over the course of the years, the computer graphic techniques got better and better, while the conceptualization processes were basically staying the same.
The locations depicted in the series correspond to buildings in front of which Enrich used to pass in his daily walks. Walks that were meant to enhance the process of urban exploration, which can be considered one of Enrich’s top leisure time activities.