© 2019 by Luis Mallo

OPEN SECRETS

The places I chose to document for this series are concealed or out of bounds to some extend (at least to the general public), but most significantly, they are used to contain and preserve valuable objects. They include storage facilities from major art museums. I had for some time been interested in photographing these ‘hidden’ spaces as a way to reveal some aspect of their functionality, but in fact, what draws me to these environments is really their inaccessibility, their mystery. They characterize a disciplinary and rigorous formality, which I find visually arresting, yet at the same time they feel intimate and familiar. In addition, there’s also the general significance: they represent the need to protect and preserve our rich artistic history as well as our own cultural identity imbedded in these precious objects.

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