1999 - 2009
Miniature landscapes, 1999
These pictures were taken while on a summer holidays in Belgium, England, Portugal and Spain. The reason why they are so small is not at all aesthetic, or at least, it wasnâ€™t aesthetic in the beginning. I had a very cheap Fujifilm digital camera that could not resist todayâ€™s definition. The result is clear, defined, melancholic, yet small -since none of the photos taken during that journey hardly measure more than 15 centimeters wide. Still, over the years, Iâ€™ve increasingly grown fond of these enigmatic landscapes, and they have gradually become one of my all time favourites.
Landen, 15 cm x 11 cm, 1999
previous page, Park de Laeken, 15 cm x 11 cm, 1999
page 6, Park de Laeken, 15 cm x 11 cm, 1999 page 7, Porto, 15 cm x 11 cm, 1999
Wetlands, 15 cm x 11 cm, 1999
previous page, Porto, 15 cm x 11 cm, 1999
Odds and ends, 2003 - 2004
It was the first work I’ve ever exhibited (Crimson art gallery, Buenos Aires, 2004), and the one I devoted the largest amount of time preparing. It laid the basis for what it was to become my modus operandi in years to come, that is to say, thinking in terms of diptychs and triptychs and, above all, working with found footage and what might be called a naïve form of art appropriation. Odds and ends consists on a series of family photos that I’ve found, enlarged, reframed and later on turned into diptychs and triptychs.
Untitled, 90 cm x 45 cm, 2003 - 2004
Untitled, 90 cm x 45 cm, 2003 - 2004
previous page, Untitled, 85 cm x 58 cm, 2003 - 2004 page 16, Untitled, 110 cm x 65 cm, 2003 - 2004
following page, Untitled, 135 cm x 58 cm, 2003 - 2004
I was always intrigued by those portraits of corporate CEOs (or should I say, corporate portraits of CEOs?) that one can find on the web; Iâ€™ve always considered a genre of its own, a subgenre within the portrait genre (that goes back centuries and centuries). I downloaded portraits of CEOs that Iâ€™d found googleing, and drew its outlines, using photoshop. This is the result. Reframed, enlarged CEOs drawings, as if isolated from their context.
Untitled, 100 cm x 100 cm, 2004
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All England, 2005 - 2009
All England is a work in project that consists on putting together a series of digitally intervened British postcards (150) from the 1930s and 1940s. The value is not on each of them individually, but in all of them as a whole, as if they would conform a mural. Each postcards measures approximately 20 cm x 15 cm, and the whole mural, around 250 cm x 200 cm.
En route, 2005
Two of this kind, 2005 and 2009. Both consist of pictures taken while on the road. Since I never learnt how to drive, I take pictures. Since I donâ€™t like annoying he or she who might eventually be driving, I never ask to pull over. Therefore, these photographs were all taken while driving at high speed. The 2005 series, on a journey to the coast (I was on a bus); the 2009 series, while covering the route that goes from Rosario to Victoria.
Strip B, 100 cm x 35 cm, 2005
previous page, Strip A 75 cm x 35 cm, 2005
Strip D, 75 cm x 60 cm, 2005
Strip F, 75 cm x 35 cm, 2005
Visages consists on reframed and resized pictures taken out of found footage. Isolated from the context, these perfectly squared photographs become unwanted portraits.
previous page, Untitled 50 cm x 50 cm, 2007 following page, Untitled 50 cm x 50 cm, 2007 page 41, Untitled 50 cm x 50 cm, 2007
previous page, Untitled 50 cm x 50 cm, 2007 page 42, Untitled 50 cm x 50 cm, 2007
Climbing or unclimbing (2008)
Climbing or unclimbing consists of a series of photographs taken on A CoruĂąa, in Spain. They all picture a series of steep slopes as seen from different angles (Going up or descending?). When climbing up a hill, Iâ€™ve always wondered what was I going to find once I get to the top, and that has always created a moment of suspense. The same thing happens to me when opening elevator doors.
previous page, Untitled, 40 cm x 30 cm, 2008 page 46, Untitled, 40 cm x 30 cm, 2008 following page, Untitled, 40 cm x 30 cm, 2008
Construction of the mimesis (2008)
Construction of the mimesis”, otherwise called ‘A necessity for sadness” was thought after a quote from Peter Handke’s ‘Die Wiederholung’, and consists of a photographic collage made out of 21 interchangeable panels of 44,3cm x 33,2cm. each. (Total size is 310cm x 100cm.)
pages 53 and 54, Construction of the mimesis, 310 cm x 110 cm (2008)
Obituaries is a work in progress. While staying one summer holiday at a small village in the Northern Portugal countryside, I noticed that, on the local cemetery, each grave had a small photograph of the deceased, as if it were a sort of reliquary. I found it very interesting and compelling, so I decided to take furtive photographs of each of them and added, later on, small invented obituaries (in this case, in spanish) to them. Such death notices are absolutely interchangeable.
page 55, En reconocimiento y recuerdo a sus importantes gestiones que contribuyeron al engrandecimiento de la Instituci贸n, ruega una oraci贸n en su memoria. 40 cm x 30 cm, 2008 following page, En un nuevo aniversario de tu partida, tus padres y hermanos te recuerdan con el cari帽o de siempre. 40 cm x 30 cm, 2008
Passé-présent (2009) The title for this project comes from an essay by Eugène Ionesco. These photographs were all taken while staying one summer in Assisi and Perugia, I noticed a great deal of bricked up walls and windows. I then read that, during the late Middle Ages, in the past, a tax was levied according to how many windows there were in a house, so people, particularly in poorer areas, were forced to brick some of their windows to avoid that. Whether true or false, I could not think of a better metaphor of the passage of time. previous page, Untitled, 40 cm x 30 cm, 2009 page 60, Untitled, 40 cm x 30 cm, 2009 page 61, Untitled, 30 cm x 40 cm, 2009
En route (2009)
This series consists on polaroids taken while travelling by car in the summer/spring of 2009. For more information, see page 31.
Untitled, 20 cm x 15 cm, 2009
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page 63, Untitled, 20 cm x 15 cm, 2009
Life in colours (2009) I was stunned when I saw, during my scarce excursions to the TV, a documentary of WW2 taken out of found footage and homemade films by both soldiers and civilians in Kodachrome (ASA 10) & Type A (ASA 16). The result consists on reframed, large-format photographs that I initially took of the screen, as if they were second-degree photographs.
previous page Untitled, 50 cm x 37 cm, 2009 page 69 Untitled, 50 cm x 37 cm, 2009 page 70 Untitled, 50 cm x 37 cm, 2009
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