Experimental - NOMINEE: Antonio Guerra
Comporta-miento para un simulacro
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The first explorers and mountaineers like Windham or Burnet, were not able to describe in detail or give an idea about the new spot what they were seeing, because they did not know any other territory that resembled that new environment that they discovery. To solve it, they resorted to an indirect description using another image. “Comporta-miento para un simulacro” expands several lines of inquiry about in the discrepancy between what we see and what we know, to reflects on this idea of indirect transformation in the representation of the landscape and its perception through the image. Trying to cross the boundaries between image / representation to recreate the experience of action in nature through performance in the environment, sculpted image and natural elements.
I’m interested in the relationship between human impact on the environment, and its connection to photography as an object to be altered. In order to do this, I manipulate the photographic work with the intention of expanding the medium’s limits, creating a thread between objects, their environment, and photography as an object. I intend to seek new associations between nature, photography and materials, to work on the physical possibilities of the image and its representation
This way, and in the very same setting, we can play with our perception of the real landscape —that which is represented and that which is imagined— like a game of mirrors; one where the environment risks becoming a simulacrum of itself.
“Comporta-miento para un simulacro” is a play on words between "method for a simulacrum” and “ lying to create the simulacrum”
Antonio Guerra, b.1983, Spain
He studied Fine Arts and Graphic Design, and Communication and Image. His work has been exhibited individually at Institutions and Centers of Contemporary Art as the Domus Artium Museum in Salamanca, Cobertura Photo Sevilla, La Isla Gallery Madrid, or Mondo Gallery Madrid, among others. He has also participated in prestigious festivals and art fairs as PhotoEspaña Madrid, Mediterranean Artists Biennial in Ancona and Thessaloniki, Foto Noviembre Tenerife and in several group exhibitions in Spain, Europe or South America. The result of this work has received numerous awards, among which are: Art Grant Villalar Foundation, Grant Fine Arts MUSAC Museum, Art Contest Pancho Cossio of Cantabria, Young Art Competition Madrid and Salamanca, Young Artist Award Castilla y León.