Leon Ferrari "Cidades", 1980


Seeing art as a social weapon, in the eighties León Ferrari made a visual essay around the idea of the city. In a series of ‘heliographic’ drawings, he positioned the observer’s eye above the city, seeing it from the air, in order to carry out a mental exercise of lifting the roofs off the buildings and observing their interiors. Made with a traditional architectural technique for reproducing plans, he even included the beds where people slept. ‘These works express the absurdity of contemporary society, that sort of madness necessary for everything to seem normal’, wrote Ferrari.