Guggenheim

The photo entitled Untitled, Madrid. Carabanchel Prison. Background for Prison Card Identification Photos (Sin título, Madrid. Cárcel de Carabanchel. Fondo para las fotografías de las fichas de ingreso, 1998), was taken just a few days after the prison complex of the same name closed down. Bernad hung a white square of cloth in the middle of a cracked, chipped mildew-stained wall. The scale of measurement that appears on the left in the photo hints at the cloth’s function as a neutral backdrop for the prisoners’ mug shots; a pillar to the right which is also painted white serves as a symmetrical frame for this contemporary shroud.