© Carmela Garcia, Untitled, from the series Paradises, 2003
© Carmela Garcia, Untitled, from the series Paradises, 2000
“The photograph’s eroticism is not always lesbian yet it obviously belongs to that space among women. Carmela Garcia’s work neither touches on nor focuses on this theme directly, though it does convey discernment to it, questioning and challenging it. Garcia’s work has no political agenda or biographical and existential intentions. Though it could be argued that the subjects of her photographs draw on and involve discourses related to questions of identity and gender, her fictions and fantasies always unfold as representations of desire and pleasure rather than documentary, evidential artifacts or ideological projections. Formally rigorous, perceptive, sceptical of grandiose statement and yet always beautiful, suggestive and often mysterious, Carmela Garcia’s work convey a progressive exploration of the ‘woman’s’ world.
The photographic language of Carmela Garcia expends the borders of photographic practice when it shakes the dust of the knowing smile of the viewer and reminds us that the photograph is an artistic scheme, fictional and not a representation of reality. The work is a narrative, a poetic construct. The images that Carmela Garcia presents us contain a story of the possible that exist only in the work itself.”
Source: Chelouche Gallery
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