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This is the first exhibition of the PhotoPerformer in Mexico!
The PhotoPerformer : Permanent Actions – Disposable Images
“Perhaps all anxiety might derive from a fixation on moments — an inability to accept life as ongoing.
The camera lens has become the supreme focal point of that existential anxiety, through which we exorcise the ultimate fixation on freezing the flow of existence.
In the exhibition Permanent Actions – Disposable Images, The PhotoPerformer proposes to see photographs as actions, as unfixed images, in constant search of meaning, in constant deterioration.
The action of taking a photograph here becomes a poetic act of transformation: before taking somebody else image, the PhotoPerformer becomes an image.
The images created are not a self-portraits but the documentation of his/her relationship with photography.
These images are not asking to be explained or decoded; they resist to get neutralized.
In a world translated in pictures we need to blur the photographic evidence and sharpen our imagination.
In preparation of the upcoming exhibition at the Museum of the city of Queretaro I will be working with a group of 16 local artists selected through an open call.
I see this workshop as a great opportunity to share the PhotoPerformer philosophy and spend five days of training practicing and exchanging skills.
My ambition is to include some of the work produce during the workshop on the exhibition.
Toward a Poetic Image workshop led by Manuel Vason and Maritea Daehlin at the Centro de las Artes de San Agustin (Oaxaca, Mexico 2016). During the 7 days of workshop each participant was asked to create a symbolic action to … Continue reading
Really looking forward to this talk/presentation at the Centre of Photography Manuel Alvarez Bravo. I will be sharing the talk with Rubiane Maia and investigate “methodology” as the theme of the talk.
I’m glad to share that The body and other small tails. Performance at the State Museum of Contemporary Art collections is traveling and opening on Friday November 25 at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete. The exhibition is dedicated to the body and performance art through the presentation of photos and videos, and installations resulting from actions and from exhibitions that took place in recent years at the State Museum of Contemporary Art and compose a significant part of the museum’s collection.
Some of the work I created in 2013 ” Becoming and Image” exhibition will be in show.
On Friday 25th of November I will be presenting at ARTspaceMexico gallery a new installation and live performance titled “INspiration” – (ALIENTO in spanish).
In preparation to the live performance I wrote a little text:
Respiration can be the deepest photograph of my emotions.
While I’m photographing my breathing, I invoke the images woven around the inner wall of my body.
While I’m photographing my breathing, I’m syncing my internal with my external image.
While I’m photographing my breathing, I’m closing my eyes and picturing behind the surface.
While I’m photographing my breathing, I’m tensing my body and releasing my vision.
While I’m photographing my breathing, I’m giving light to the darker side of my memory.
While I’m photographing my breathing, we can all listen to the voices of all the images stored inside my cavities.
While I’m photographing my breathing, I have the tendency to become mechanical but the creative impulse will help me to break the program.
While I’m photographing my breathing, my mind becomes a bit dizzy and the focus becomes my pure uncertainty.
While I’m photographing my breathing, I stop anticipating my stimulus and the entire activity become more unpredictable.
My photographic capacity is built-in to the anatomy of my body.
The PhotoPerformer (Mexico City 2016)
During this workshop we will study and practice the creation of a “poetic images” through individual and collective actions.
We will discuss the “pose” as a concept of transformation from action to image, from movement to stillness.
I will introduce the “poetic image’ as a gesture of expression of our imagination… a connection with and internal visualisation…
Looking forward to share some actions, images and thoughts with Gabriela Gonzalez (founder and director of HYDRA) and Eugenia Macias (researcher and expert of contemporary photography).