ABOUT THE WORK
How can we imagine an event that took place over 14,000 years ago? This was the main challenge I addressed when I was conceiving this project, however it would not be the only one. Thematically and formally my roots lie with the phenotypic photography of Laurent, Curtis or Clifford. Besides being a unique documentation of 19th Century, the work of these photographers is an example of virtuosity given the technical difficulties their work was subject to. Their approach to portraiture responds to the customs and manners of the canon of their period; they tried to document the subject as truthfully as possible. Nevertheless, their representations were influenced by their own feelings, mental constructs, styles and their own system of values, typical of the final years of the nineteenth century.
My context however is very different. Two hundred years later we live in a
global village and are now more aware than ever that the power of image and
representation cannot be and must not be carried out in a unidirectional manner.
Many minority groups have been the subject of stereotypes, of the search for
exotism, or directly the lack of empathy by documentarians, artists and scientists.
Fortunately, these power dynamics are slowly but steadily changing through the
work of indigenous artists and scientists, among others, who are capable of
narrating not only their own histories, but also contribute on a global scale with
their views and systems of value.
Leaving totally aside any documentary pretentiousness, and understanding and
accepting the subjectivity of my work, I have fought hard to stay away from those
stereotypes and to get closer to the supra-individual. That which is common to
each and all of us. Imagined visual languages, or visual language for which we
recently have a memory, are an integral part of this premise. As the time of
exposure dilates, the figure transforms itself, deprived of time and space, entering
a mirror game of a specific reality: the collective memory.
These portraits that are part of The Edge go one step further than the literal
representation of a reality. They draw a map traced out throughout hundreds of
generations until today. And this is where the two disciplines -science and art combined in this project converge, transforming a collection of data and points
with no apparent connection into a narration about how a small group of humans
were able to colonize a continent thousands of years ago.