Takt Berlin/ Leipzig and Tapir Gallery are happy to present
Josema Zamorano | ENCOUNTERS
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts
May 29th 7-10pm
May 30th- June 14th 2019
Thursday, Friday and Sunday, 4 – 7pm
June 7th, 7-9pm
June 14th, 7-10pm
Josema Zamorano is a Mexican-Canadian artist. He uses photography, arrangements of text, and installation, to question the identity of places and things, often by illuminating the movement, transformation and temporal fluctuation of appearances and meanings. His practice explores how eyes, body and comprehension, constitute fleeting realities that suspend linear readings. He has held exhibitions and residencies in several countries, including Canada, Mexico, Spain and Germany. With interests in poetry, existential philosophy and visual arts he earned a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies (University of British Columbia, 2012). He currently teaches at Capilano University in Vancouver.
Zamorano is reprsented by Mónica Reyes Gallery in Vancouver.
At once constructing and appealing to a common understanding of space, photography has a long-standing role in documentary practice. Theories abound regarding the fabrication of truth and the position of the artist in relation to the image-as-document such as in street photography —a genre alluded to by the works presented in Encounters. Yet in such photographs spaces are generally depicted as static, their animation is seldom considered.
Josema Zamorano’s work highlights fluctuations in the appearance of space and responds to how we come to know place as lived experience. The gestural layering and repeated folding back onto itself of place, as recorded in these images, results from the artist’s photographic approach, which he calls “spatial sculpting.” Using the photographic apparatus as a sensorial extension of his body, the artist moves about the spaces he encounters, scanning the scene back and forth in an ongoing negotiation of the street as a living and ever shifting locale. This form of inquiry mirrors the perceptual act itself, tracing the saccades of the eye as it consumes visual inputs. Through a methodology rooted in existential phenomenology, Zamorano looks at the ephemeral space between the world and ourselves. Here, the task is not depicting reality but rather investigating and documenting the fleeting experience of seeing of what constructs our world.
In this solo exhibition, which includes prints, installation, and interactive sculptural objects, Zamorano presents renderings of his encounters with space while on residency in Berlin during the summers of 2016 and 2018. This show was first exhibited at Mónica Reyes Gallery in Vancouver during April 2019, as part of the Capture Photography Festival.
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