Gabriel Barcia-Colombo's work focuses on memorialization and, more specifically, the act of leaving one's imprint for the next generation. While formally implemented by natural history museums and collections (which find their roots in Renaissance era "cabinets of curiosity"), this process has grown more pointed and pervasive in the modern-day obsession with personal digital archiving and the corresponding growth of social media culture. His video sculptures play upon this exigency in our culture to chronicle, preserve and wax nostalgic, an idea which Barcia-Colombo renders visually by “collecting” human beings (alongside cultural archetypes) as scientific specimens.
Gabriel Barcia-Colombo creates video sculptures that re-imagine static, utilitarian objects. The video interventions with items such as blenders, time punch clocks, and Spam are playful yet pointed, questioning the changing culture of today. Time is a constant theme in Barcia-Colombo’s work, particularly in terms of engaging the viewer with our modern culture’s increasing tendency for nostalgic wanderings, and the obsessive need for digitized, personal chronicling.