Raíces 2019

It was humanity that made it its task to control, determine, and subdue the life of nature. Nature, on the other hand, exerts a silent but constant influence on us from within and on the genetic level.

Silence 2013

“Silence is a dialogue between images, one found within nature, the other left to be consumed by it. These images reflect more a state of mind caught in an internal dialogue between the past and the present. Meditatively somber, they fuse together to form a photographic mantra that traces Torres Ruiz´s course in her development as an artist and an architect. It´s the blending between these two disciplines that lends her an aura all her own”.

Timothy Persons

Limbs 2017

Self-similarity seems to be one of the fundamental geometrical construction principles in nature. For millions of years, evolution has shaped organisms based on the survival of the fittest. In many plants and also organs of animals, this has led to fractal branching structures. For example, in a tree the branching structure allows the capture of a maximum amount of sun light by the leaves; the blood vessel system in a lung is similarly branched so that a maximum amount of oxygen can be assimilated. Although the self-similarity in these objects is not strict, we can identify the building blocks of the structure, the branches at different levels.

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Gabriela Torres Ruiz



Born in 1970 in Mexico City. Received a scholarship to study architecture at the Cracow University of Technology, Poland. Graduated in 1998. She moved to Berlin in 1996, where she worked as an architect in the office Kleihues + Kleihues until 2013. 2001 began as autodidact with black and white photography. 2007 assists the photographer Stefan Müller (Architecture photography), Berlin. From 2006 to 2014 theatre photography. 2013 decided to focus solely on art and photography. From 2014 to 2016 mentoring by Timothy Persons (Professor at Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture in Helsinki, Finland).

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