Could a photographic gesture slow down the speed and frantic rhythms of modern life? Un turó is a photographic reaction to the accelerated rhythms I feel modern life imposes. The action of standing on a hill itself, without any further pretensions and for long periods of time. With minimum activity, only standing, staring, and sometimes taking photographs, I seek to alienate myself from the daily frantic activity that is deeply tied to our vital rhythms and get closer to a state of suspension; a suspension afar and free from the constant productivity and fulfillment that comes along with modern times.
Un turó is performed in a space with small dimensions and close to my family’s environment. There is no apparent human presence, and the scenery has characteristics typical of the region of Osona. Standing in this place brings me emotionally closer to the hill and its surroundings as well as to what constitutes it and what it represents. This project is the result of experimenting my deceleration. In it, photograph contributes to the transmittal of thoughts, understanding the creation of images in this way as a way of being and thinking. Despite displaying only with a few photographs, the project counts with a total of 200 images generated over a time span of 18 months in a semi digital format.
Judit Bou (1996), uses photography to question what time is, how it is understood and the construction that has been done around this, asking how a time would be perceived autonomous, in other words, a time separate from relations with other external bodies and without sensitive things to act on, a time independent of the situation and the observer movement. She is interested in photography as a way of being and thinking.
In 2018, she took part in the collective exhibition “Els paisatges indecisos” with the project Un turó, curated by David Armengol at the Ac/Vic. She was also awarded in the scope of production of the Sala d’Art Jove (2019), and she is now developing a new project. In 2020 she opened his first individual exhibition, L’equilibri que espera, in Espai Dos in the Sala Muncunill in Terrassa.
© text and pictures by Judit Bou