Catherine Abitbol’s ‘Bathrooms’ Series at Salon Acme 2019

Mexican fine-art photographer Catherine Abitbol exhibited a selection of analog photography at Salon Acme during art fair week in Mexico City. According to Abitbol, “This series is an ongoing project which started in 2008 a form of nostalgia saving architecture from the 50s and showing the ready-mades and the everyday ordinary on another context” (Abitol, 2019). Abitbol’s photography captures not only the beautiful colors of the still-life fixtures that are her subjects but also the spots, streaks, and worn crevices of the sinks, bathtubs, toilets, urinals, and soap holders that are prevalently featured in her photographs. She somehow manages to turn the mundane in ordinary life into something beautiful.

Abitbol’s still-lifes focus on photographs of bathrooms and bathroom fixtures such as toilets, sinks, urinals, and tubs. Whether she is photographing a pool-sized whirlpool tub in a mansion or a cracked urinal in a foreign coffeeshop, she somehow manages to make all of her photographs express a feeling of importance and life.

Bathrooms can be seen as the great equalizer—everyone uses them, in one form or another. By showing the many different types of bathrooms in the world, Abitbol seems to be commenting that while there are as many kinds of people in the world as there are bathrooms, they are all somehow equal and essential in their own right.