٠ Reina’s Altered States ٠

© Francisco Reina, from the project Altered States © Francisco Reina, from the project Altered States © Francisco Reina, from the project Altered States © Francisco Reina, from the project Altered States A minimum amount of truth is necessary to justify the communication of any kind of information. To tell the truth is often very difficult and even when a lie is told by omission of certain information can result in an accusation of being guilty of hiding the truth. Additionally, manipulation can be defined as the act of representing something false as real, a negative as positive, a degradation … Continue reading ٠ Reina’s Altered States ٠

┐ Fernández Rivero, Colector └

England, William, Skeleton leaves, London, 1862 Mother and daughter, daguerrotipo, c.1860, unanimous Jean Laurent, Córdoba, street scene (1870) Joaquín Oses, Suitcase with guitar, 1880 Victorian album Kusakabe Kimbei, japanese couple, Yokohama 1890. Albúmina coloreada. CFR “Fernández Rivero (Málaga, 1956), former economist, has been acquiring photographs for a quarter of a century. He first started with those depicting his city, Malaga – today these are one of four parts of the collection -, then expanded his attention to Andalucia and the rest of Spain. His “specialty”, he says, is the XIX century (with the arrival of the revolutionary way to fix … Continue reading ┐ Fernández Rivero, Colector └

┐ Direct Action └

© Javier Barbancho LEADERS of a workers’ union in southern Spain staged a massive raid on two supermarkets on Tuesday, filling at least 30 trolleys with staple foodstuffs to give to the poor. They gave their entire haul to local ‘food banks’ which supply hampers to families who no longer have any income to be able to feed themselves. The Sindicato Andaluz de Trabajadores (SAT), or workers’ union of the Andalucía region, staged an uninvited supermarket sweep on Mercadona in Écija (Sevilla) and Carrefour in Arcos de la Frontera (Cádiz). Their misplaced Robin Hood impression annoyed management at Mercadona, a … Continue reading ┐ Direct Action └

┐ Cabello / Carceller, II └

© Cabello / Carceller, Off Escena: If I were…, Madrid 2011 Gender Issues1 “How can we explain a term which is in itself so complicated, but which most of society is determined to simplify? How can we explain that the majority prefer to appear not to understand its diversity? And what is it that makes this pretense possible? Why do gender differences still exist as bipolarized and insurmountable categories? Who benefits from the continuation of this binary split? Why is it indispensable to pathologize those who transgress gender boundaries? Why do most of the transgender representations existing in the collective … Continue reading ┐ Cabello / Carceller, II └

║ Alessia Rollo ║

© Alessia Rollo, Untitled, from the series In-Domestico © Alessia Rollo, Untitled, from the series In-Domestico © Alessia Rollo, Untitled, from the series In-Domestico “The photographs of this series are excercises of figures of speech. A calumbur, such as the cactus transformed into a coloured fish that is dying in the silent agony  of a fishbowl,  like a defensless Ophelia. An other is an oximoron with the almond that cries for the spring. Some images are the fingerprint of a crime, without a trace of blood, because they have been transformed into fine art. The sweet innocent of a child … Continue reading ║ Alessia Rollo ║

║ Javier Marquerie Thomas ║

© Javier Marquerie Thomas, Beltrán, from the series Flight of Fancy, 2007 © Javier Marquerie Thomas, Vivian, from the series Flight of Fancy, 2007 “Flight of Fancy; to daydream. Between the impetus of infancy and the inertia of maturity. “The best years of our lives”. Years envied, idealized, over rated. An extensive cloud of anecdotes. An accumulation of memories without a clear continuity. In retrospect, a “phase”. During puberty, we are conditioned to successfully confront the “real world”, but instead we live in a disoriented fantasy; hybrid between something that really has been and a tale. My mother tongue, apart … Continue reading ║ Javier Marquerie Thomas ║

║ Carmela Garcia ║

© 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 … Continue reading ║ Carmela Garcia ║

║ Alfio Tommasini ║

© Alfio Tommasini, from the series Antonio & Paloma © Alfio Tommasini, from the series Antonio & Paloma © Alfio Tommasini, from the series Antonio & Paloma “Another day dawns on the Manzanares river. In the midst of houses, bridges, construction sites, a beer factory and a soccer stadium there is a container where Antonio and Paloma have lived for the last three years. A Spanish-Gipsy couple that came to Madrid from Asturias in the beginning of the nineties, in the search of a new life. Antonio is 53 years old. His days are marked by the sunbeams, he has … Continue reading ║ Alfio Tommasini ║

║ Naia del Castillo ║

© Naia del Castillo, The Magpie, from the series Offerings & Posessions, 2005 © Naia del Castillo, Archery, from the series About Seduction, 2002 © Naia del Castillo, Untitled, from the series About Seduction, 2003 “The evolution of her work is focused on the relation of woman to her physical and psychological environment. Concepts such as intimacy, seduction, home, domesticity, tradition and body are present in works that surpass the limits of photography and, to a certain point, redefine it. On the one hand, the dresses and many of the objects appearing in the photographs have been created, sewn, thought-up … Continue reading ║ Naia del Castillo ║

║ J. M. Ballester ║

© J. M. Ballester, Vista desde el hotel, 2005 © J. M. Ballester, Ciclista a contraluz, 2005 “If we cannot change the world, at least we can change the way we see it.”José Manuel Ballester “Ballester’s attitude towards his subjects is neither critical nor approving. It is observant and pensive. The stillness of the spaces he photographs is as palpable as the light that filters through them. It is as if the artist is putting the brakes on the speed of a technology changing so quickly we have no time to stop and ask where it is going and for … Continue reading ║ J. M. Ballester ║

║ Cabello / Carceller ║

© Cabello / Carceller, Power Exercises #6, from the series Power Exercises, 2005 © Cabello / Carceller, Power Exercises #1, from the series Power Exercises, 2005 “In societies openly hostile towards anything they cannot pigeonhole as being “correct”, the construction of a real or mental place where one can live with an acceptable level of freedom becomes an indispensable goal. Each of us builds our own personal utopia wherever we are able.”Cabello / Carceller “The work of Cabello / Carceller does not limit its focus to dealing with themes revolving around gender-related codes established and accepted by society, in addition, … Continue reading ║ Cabello / Carceller ║

║ Ángel Marcos ║

© Ángel Marcos, Landscape 21, from the series Landscapes, 1997 © Ángel Marcos, Landscape 11, from the series Landscapes, 1997 “From an isolated photograph one could say that it is set in a heterogeneous network of principles, almost as abundant as the straight lines passing through a geometrical point: the possibilities of interpretation are indefinite, and the selection of one rather than another would have to be based on motives that are “external” to the given positive phenomena. However, when the photographs are presented to us as a set – three points already define a circumferance – the ideological principles … Continue reading ║ Ángel Marcos ║