I´m fascinated that within the most ordinary and trivial expressions of reality, a territory of the vernacular and the mundane, that I come to witness the most extraordinary events.
Fissures in the world of appearances reveal an altered landscape in which things are not what they seem to be.
The visible world becomes a scenography. The landscape and the public space are seen as the decor of a theater stage, objects as props, the people as performers unaware of their own roles. Here the absurd, the tragic and the comic co-exist in a new reality perceived as a flow of unscripted events. The artificial is disguised as the real and the real is disguised in the artificial.
With this series I tried to produce imagery that lays in that ambiguity. Ambiguity as a silent vehicle leading perception toward a multiple range of interpretations.
Costa Tropical is the result of an erratic exploration of that region in south Spain through its midday, when almost all human activity is temporally suspended and the streets are left empty and silent.
I live and work between Granada and Norway. My work is based on the direct exploration of reality and encoded in a documentary-based language through various disciplines such as cinema, performing arts and photography. The use of a documentary style becomes in itself a strategy that reveals fissures in perception and challenges the boundaries between fiction and reality. I try to create reality-based imagery that offers the viewer a space on which to project his own interpretations.
After graduating in Fine Arts in Granada, I moved to Brussels from 2001 to 2014, where I earned a Master’s Degree in Documentary Filmmaking. Together with Hedvig Biong and Niko Hafkenscheid, I founded “Kevin or Harry”, a performing arts collective that creates theatre pieces where real people take the stage. Since 2018, I collaborate with Pablo López on projects revolving around photography and territory (“Pangnirtung”). In Granada, Hedvig Biong and myself run “El Laboratorio”, a wet plate studio and invitation-based artist residency.
© text and pictures by Pablo Castilla
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