UPF Galeria Àrea Tallers · Barcelona 2021
As the artist Joan Fontcuberta explains, every photograph shows the fact that what he shows us has happened in front of the camera. This apparent obviousness justifies the ontological scaffolding of the documentary function of photography. This force of evidence that we use in identity documents or to illustrate the news in the press.
The exhibition goal was to agree on photographs in images made up of shapes, textures and colours, more or less ordered, that a visually literate spectator would be able to interpret. Putting visitors in the place of assigning plausible meanings to images when we are unaware of their context. A photograph without context becomes a misleading statement and therefore a stimulus of the imagination. A set of photos taken from the archives of the Mexican magazine Alerta!, specializing in ‘bloodthirsty’ topics, were presented in the exhibition. Deprived of a caption, ignoring the situation and the circumstances in which they were made, without any data to guide us beyond their origin, these images no longer testify to anything other than their own ambiguity: they are no longer documents but monuments to mad speculation.
Exhibition graphic design
Project in collaboration with UPF and Fundació Vila Casas