On occasion of the 15th Istanbul Biennial, Almanza Pereda exhibits his series called Horror Vacui, a project in motion since 2010. Horror vacui translates to “fear of empty space”, a term once used to describe the stylistic element of filling negative space with detail. Appropriating anonymous landscape paintings sourced in Istanbul, Almanza Pereda takes the found paintings, considered valueless, and places slabs of concrete onto them in a violent juxtaposition. The installation deals with the way modern construction inhabits and invades the environment, as well as the relationship of humans with nature.

Alejandro Almanza Pereda exhibition view at Pera Museum, Istanbul, at the 15th Istanbul Biennial, 2017
Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Horror vacui (lake scene), 2017, exhibition view at the Pera Museum, Istanbul, at the 15th Istanbul Biennial, Oil on canvas, frame, cement, 126 × 111 × 21 cm
Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Horror vacui ( Autumn Scene #2), 2017, exhibition view at the Pera Museum, Istanbul, at the 15th Istanbul Biennial, Oil on canvas, frame, cement,179 × 110 × 20 cm
Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Horror vacui (lake scene), detail, 2017, exhibition view at the Pera Museum, Istanbul, at the 15th Istanbul Biennial, Oil on canvas, frame, cement, 126 × 111 × 21 cm
Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Horror vacui ( Autumn Scene #2), 2017, detail, exhibition view at the Pera Museum, Istanbul, at the 15th Istanbul Biennial, Oil on canvas, frame, cement,179 × 110 × 20 cm
Alejandro Almanza Pereda exhibition view at Pera Museum, Istanbul, at the 15th Istanbul Biennial, 2017
Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Horror vacui (Spring scene #2), 2017, exhibition view at the Pera Museum, Istanbul, at the 15th Istanbul Biennial,Oil on canvas, frame, cement, 99 × 142 × 22 cm
Alejandro Almanza Pereda exhibition view at Pera Museum, Istanbul, at the 15th Istanbul Biennial, 2017