Luna Park #3

Author: Barbara Visser
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Former amusement park of Artxanda, Bilbao, 2006

15 years ago, the Bizkaia amusement park on the top of mount Artxanda was closed. Proof and symbol of the ‘acceleration of history’, the amusement park is a contemporary ruin, an allegory of a doped economy and the print of failed mass tourism.

Luna Park is a poetic link between a series of produced works and social, political or economic issues, with an important time lag: the works transmit the park 15 years after its closure. Like a message launched to the future, in which each work takes its own path, Luna Park is an exhibition for the future.


Barbara Visser has emphasised the dreamlike image conserved by the park. Large-scale photographs in black and white for discovering the stuffed animals that the park itself still conserves, Snow White’s dwarfs scattered about the place. Rather unsettling elements that alter the almost bucolic nature of the images.

Luna Park, conceived by Franck Larcade, Lisette Smits and Alexis Vaillant/produced by consonni with the support of the Heritage Centre of the Department of Treasury of the Provincial Government of Bizkaia. With aid from the European Cultural Foundation, Department of Culture of the Provincial Government of Bizkaia.