The artist Berta Jayo has made the world's foremost monuments disappear

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Berta Jayo surprised us once again with a series of new works including photographs, and even some souvenirs, of 13 countries in which 14 emblematic monuments are missing. She remarks that 'These works portray a fascinating absence that makes us reconsider the importance of creation and its vital presence in our society.'

This project, entitled 'Wonders', is a simultaneous exhibition. The venues chosen to present it are Las Casas del Águila and Parra, Santillana del Mar (organized by the Government of Cantabria), EFTI International Center of Photography and Cinema in Madrid, Arts Connection Foundation Miami, Alonso Vidal Gallery Barcelona and CAM Museum of Contemporary Art in Naples, where this series can be seen from the 14th of January until 14th February.

Previously, in 2004, the artist made people disappear from photographs. This time the challenge is bigger: monuments like The Statue of Liberty, Big Ben or the Eiffel Tower are to disappear.

Berta Jayo was born in Santander, Spain. She graduated in Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country (UPV), has a Master's degree from the Chelsea College of Art & Design in London and participates in ISCP in New York (International Studio and Curational Program).

Of a multidisciplinary nature, eschewing stereotypes, her work can be seen in museums or in surprising street performances. She has exhibited with artists such as Rebecca Horn or Kiki Smith. Berta Jayo's art is notable for its immediacy and and generosity. In her last performance in New York she made t-shirts branded with the names of anxiolytic drugs and left them lying next to a dumpster where they were picked up by passing strangers. In another of her works, entitled 'Holidays', she invited people to go on vacation, choosing the hotel and the city. She has also produced various artist books, which are philosophical in nature, and which include some unique architectural designs. Her most extensive work so far is a series of nuns' habits made from camouflage fabric, Spanish-style dot patterns and many other fabrics. Her last performance in this vein featured 18 young women wandering the streets of Madrid dressed in nuns' habits that were matched together according to Pantone® colors.

The genius of this artist leaves the canons of the established, causing a strong dislocation of the perception of reality.

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