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UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHERS

Posted by CHRIS on October 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM

BY ANDRÉS GALEANO

GRIMMUSEUM
9TH NOVEMBER 2013 – 14TH DECEMBER 2013
OPENING 9TH NOVEMBER 19-23 PM

PERFORMANCE INDEXICAL BY ANDRÉS GALEANO 9TH NOVEMBER 20PM
PERFORMANCE IPERF 1.0.3 BY ANDRÉS GALEANO 16TH NOVEMBER 20PM


Grimmuseum is pleased to present Unknown Photographers, the first Andrés Galeano’s solo exhibition in Berlin. The show encompasses the results of a two-years research around the language of photography and the aesthetic reactivation of personal discarded pictures deriving from family albums and amateur photographers.

Galeano has build up an extensive collection of found photographs, which have been neglected in Berlin closets and basements: a large amount of available personal pictures freezing a vast range of joyful and astonishing moments in the daily life as well as in important circumstances. Following an iconographic method, Galeano has arranged the photographs into categories paying special attention to the iteration of gestures, poses and exposure mistakes.

This way of proceeding is not aiming at a universal definition or a formula of lineage through amateurish and personal photographs, since the collection serves as an organizing system and not as the display logic. The superimposition of the single pictures follows namely a more open approach, which varies according to photographs form and content. In this sense the integrity of the picture is formally respected, although it undergoes a partial covering resulting in a shift both on the aesthetic and conceptual field.

If collecting reflects a need for control in order to investigate the material, the contact and coupling of the pictures follows a more impulsive process, concealing some of the topics, which captivate Galeano's interest also through previous projects, and through other means of expression, primarily performance. The failure of the photograph as impossibility to catch something out of sight, indicating as the failure of indexing, and the flop of documenting performance are some of the main philosophic questions inspected, flanking a personal longing for the height and all its implications. Most frequently browsing his collection or his portfolio you can find flight, birds, airplanes, rainbows, mountains, and dozen of other gestures and poses.

This predilection has eventually brought Galeano to accumulate photographs in which a diagonal or vertical matrix is constantly present, and seems to mirror a soar instinct which often involves body, view and thought of everyone experiencing an important moment in its life. A nearly impossible take-off which Unknown Photographers translate in moment of ‘heaven on earth’, snapshots and photographs where the skies seize power on the sight.

Galeano uses photographs as objects with a substance, but not as a sculpture in the strict meaning, neither as a collage-maker. Though his combination shapes poetic besides surrealistic compositions or fluent as well as clashing movements, the photographs remain physically isolated giving the idea of a provisional and accidental occurrence. Although recycling pictures, Galeano doesn’t use them up. His actions bring not to a depletion of the resource of pictures - impossible anyhow in the age of digital photography. On the contrary his use of the photographs is physically revocable and it sounds more as a hint to the ’undo’ of an image editing program. After all we are not developing family album photographs anymore, just touching and re-touching them on a display.

Andrés Galeano was born in Spain in 1980. He holds a Philosophy degree at the University of Barcelona, a Photography diploma at the Freie Fotoschule Stuttgart, and a Sculpture/Free Art degree at the Kunsthochschule Weißensee Berlin. He works with drawing, photography, video and performance, and has realized exhibitions all over Europe and Canada. He lives in Berlin, and has been curating the performance art programme Extension Series at Grimmuseum, ¡POESÍACCIÓN! at Instituto Cervantes and co-organizing the Month of Performance Art Berlin.

Text by Mario Margani

 

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