My bachelor's degree project is an exploration and experimentation around the photographic act, the genesis itself of the photographic image. Alternating from an analogical, a digital and a mixed approach to it.
I've used my own and my step bro's bodies as a landscape, a map about the way how society defines and build our sense of what means to be a man, to be hetero, to interact with others being members of a gender and a role.
There's a lot of influences behind these series of talbotypes: Georges Bataille, Rosalind Krauss, Joan Foncuberta and Walter Benjamin, Nan Goldin, Raoul Ubac, Tor dahlin, Ivo Sedlacek and Carsten Witte among many others.
The final pieces of the work are a box set for the talbotypes made over different papers (parchment, durex, fabriano, among others), an e-book for some of the digital images, a website and hopefully a printed book (let's see, economics are working against it right now).
I have to give special thanks to my director Omaira Abadia, my step bro John for be the other model, my step bro Jef for be my anchor in the middle of a horrible depressive episode and a lot of friends and family.
If you want to know more about it, give feedback and hopefully criticize it please visit:
The project's blog: http://bipolaryourmung.wordpress.com/
The digital half: goo.gl/hKfSI
This project called Bipolar: between analogical and digital, is an exercise proposed as a reaction to the mimetic properties that has been attributed to the photographic act on par with a personal acknowledgment of the expressive validity of the avant-garde experimental efforts (especially surrealist ones) regarding the expansion of the boundaries of the photographic image.
It is an exploratory exercise based on visual theory, supported in speeches by others as a way to find my own voice. It is the fruit of the knowledge and concerns that I have accumulated over the course of my studies, from the interaction with teachers and peers as well as historical and cultural elements.
All these roads eventually lead me to confront the surrealists consciously for the first time, especially the work of George Bataille and his concept of l’informe; idea that himself was reluctant to define, complex concept and in many ways indefinable but exciting for the same reasons.
It is also a test of my ability to combine images produced and captured by digital and analog media framed by personal thoughts about my role as a man, especially in regard to the social construction of gender. A mapping of how I perceive the role of be a male through the register of the skin of my brother and mine.
Within these broad parameters I have carried out theoretical and visual searches that have been the floor to find answers through trial and error, found and lost again, and learn in the process of doing, thinking , redo and rethink.
In particular I found enriching the Joan Foncuberta's reflections about the role of photography in a postmodern society inundated with images, plus Rosalind Krauss has become a mainstay for my way of thinking about building images and vital to understanding the work of many artists before me.
And finally, is a project conceived from the beginning in several layers (as the construction of social roles): one analogical (the salt prints, book and postals), other digital (the website and e-book) and one in constant development which is the explorations derivative from this first step (the blog of my ravenous photographic searchings)."