The closest I’ve been to paradise


This set of photographs by García-Alix is the result of countless visits over the years by the artist to the Balearic Islands. His first trip to Ibiza took place in the summer of 1974, but his first negatives of the island date back to 1981. It was not until 1989, however, when he first visited Formentera. Since then, this island returns repeatedly to his life, and therefore to his work.
A sense of freedom and hedonism permeate the images that come to us through the filter of his gaze. A tension that engulfs us and wraps us in the creation of another reality, a mystery that transports us to another island, which García-Alix constructs with his images: children who gaze like adults, adults transformed into architectures, architectures as portraits. All this framed in a nature that becomes wild through his eyes.


A melody of sounds is heard when, from a distance, I recall the Balearic Islands. If I close my eyes, the summer sun, its light, is the first visible note. The second one is the sea. Infinite blue, greenish, a caress, and then other notes in crescendo, on which my youth rides. Freedom. Pleasure.
In this sonic background my memory floats about.
It was life, those more than twenty years that stretch like an accordion before my eyes and reveal themselves. That symphony of wind and water … waves from which to see the echo of other summers. An infinite summer.
Therefore, I will always return to Formentera as a prodigal son in need of peace and sunshine to feed his senses.