Hotel, Sweet Hotel (2000-2022)
Of all the stages of humanity, one of the most significant probably took place in Jericho, when Homo Sapiens established the essential step from nomadism to sedentarism. This Neolithic revolution allowed the conversion of the status of hunter-gatherers to agriculture, herding and later trade, giving rise to the idea of ’home’. Related to shelter, family, belongings or the self, the answer to the concept of home is torn between the place, the feeling or ‘being in the world’.
But what is happening in our present of over-modernity when, beyond the migratory phenomena and mass tourism, a new nomadic culture seems to have resurfaced? We live in a ‘liquid’ world of constant flows, where displacement, change and immediacy already affect spheres of the human as essential as the family, the profession or the home. In this context of globalized travel and mobility, the need to be hosted appears stronger than ever. The hotel industry, a human discipline that dating back to antiquity, is dedicated to the art of providing accommodation.
Hotel, Sweet Hotel consists of an extensive taxonomic collection of room interiors and hotel facilities, made over more than two decades throughout a hundred countries on five continents. Addressing disciplines as diverse as sociology, geography, architecture or psychology, the work is conceived as a tribute to the ‘journey’ and the human virtue of hospitality, reflecting on concepts such as difference, globalization, loneliness or the traveler’s complicity with a space that becomes a temporary home . Balancing in the polarity between interior and exterior –either through the physical frame of the window, or through the omnipresent screens of the TV, the computer or the smartphone–, in Hotel, Sweet Hotel the great variety and eclecticism of rooms and rooms points, with subtle irony, towards a certain anthropology of travel.