I find the French sentence that says “Hell is paved with good intentions” is rather doubtful. Not only because it seems like a bad translation of its more accurate English counterpart but also because it catapults us into Hell itself to show us (only) the pavement of the streets without saying anything about the origin itself of Hell. Assuming that there are good and bad intentions, I believe bad intentions are creating, are giving a real place (Topia) to Hell. An urban disaster can be the result of terrible or excellent intentions. But their respective results are not sufficient to establish any equivalence. Utopias are not Topias of Hell, not even when they end up into Dystopia. Evaluate intentions helps to continue distinguishing between good and evil, to understand what is happening and to avoid repeating bad results.

With “Instant Village” I am providing visual stimuli to help remember and think about what went wrong in the contemporary Spanish urbanism. It is a photographic survey, designed in three phases, of the types of occupation in the territory of the Canary Islands, an environment that, because of its almost exclusive economic dependence on tourism, has been subject to increasing development pressure from the decade of the 1960’s until the recent real estate bubble burst. That the most precious resource of an island is precisely the most limited – territory – further evidence the gravity of those urban practices whose sole purpose seems to be the immediate profit, and have created a corrosive topography of banality.

1 “L’Enfer est pavé de bonnes intentions”
2 “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions”

Castillo, Caleta Fuste, Fuerteventura, 2013 // Instant Village // Simona Rota

Pueblo abandonado “La leprosería”, Tenerife, 2011 // Abandoned Village “La Leprosería”, Tenerife, 2011 // Instant Village // Simona Rota

Urbanización en Porís, Tenerife, 2011 // Saprawl in Porís, Tenerife, 2011 // Instant Village // Simona Rota

La Lajita, Fuerteventura, 2013 // Instant Village // Simona Rota

Barrio de autoconstrucción en Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, 2011 // Autoconstructed neighborhood in Santa Cruz de Tnerife // Instant Village // Simona Rota

Aparcamiento de autobuses en Taco, Tenerife, 2010 // Bus parking in Taco, Tenerife, 2010 // Instant Village // Simona Rota

Simona Rota (Rumania, 1979) – www.simonarota.es
MA in Political Sciences in Bucharest and Barcelona, she studies Photography in Madrid. Commissioned by the Museum of Architecture from Vienna, Rota achieves a large mission of photographic documentation of the Soviet Modern architecture in the former Soviet republics (2010 -2012). Awarded at the Festival Emergent – Pati de la Llotja (2011), finalist at the Prize Purificación García (2012), shortlisted at PhotoEspaña Descubrimientos (2012), she exhibited, among others, at the Kursala (Spain 2013), at the Sevastopol Museum of Art (Ukraine, 2012), at the StadtMuseum Graz (Austria, 2012), at the Architektur Zentrum Wien (Austria 2009, 2012), at the Medellin Museum of Modern Art (Colombia, 2010), at the CdC (Spain, 2012). Her works have been shown at Art Week Vienna 12, SCAN 12, and Biennial Fotonoviembre 11 etc. She published the photo book “Ostalgia” (Fabulatorio – Kursala, 2013) and the book “Missbehave” (Vibok Works – Book. a, 2013).