The photographic series Frequency, like an epiphany, provokes me the revelation of the tension and the conflict over the desire to build a custom habitable world, for and by human beings. Cities seem to concentrate the satisfaction of each of our needs, needs without limits that we do not know where they begin and where they end, are revealed as indistinguishable from the desire itself that wanders from the shelter of a building with great heights, from light to energies, from walking to highways, from creating to spectacle, from health care to assisted prolongation of life. A kind of parallel world created especially for humanity as if it were a duality in opposition to the voluptuous and dark world of foliage that could devour us, full of dangers and mysteries of nature. And between it and the human world appear the patches, the marks from the cracks and wounds of streets and buildings that cannot regenerate themselves, heal itself like the forest does, no matter how hard you try. Cement patches and the bricks are the scars of the cities, the hidden frailties of this desire to control and the construction of a safe, complete, self-referring, and sanitized world.
It is the year 2020 and the conflict of this desire with its artificial duality has come to light. The streets, backyards, empty entrances, walls and dead ends are images of loneliness that makes it uncomfortable to express the absence of our presence. At times the ominous has taken the place of that absence, fills it, and we perceive it everywhere without being able to name it. It is on the tip of the tongue and in every vision, as when we observe these photographs. Anguish -that unspeakable and formless feeling that ran underground under the city patches keeping us safe from conflict- its felt in the isolated wandering, like a cold stream in black and white that stops us from looking with more attention and without escape to that daily environment that has become insecure and unknown.
Text by Mónica Salinero Rates, Doctor in Political Science and Sociologist
FRECUENCIA (solo show), 2022
Curated by Maria Jose Sagredo.
Installation views, Galería Animal, Santiago de Chile. Photographs by Felipe Ugalde.
Works available with Galería Animal.
Gelatin silver prints (fiber 255 grs.), Fine art prints (Hahnemühle Rag Baryta 315 grs.). Unique frames (various sizes) on Raulí wood and Nielsen aluminium frames, mounted to archival board with museum glass; Gelatin silver prints and unique Newspaper prints, mounted with Rare-Earth Magnets.
Audio by artist Justin Pape. Composed by improvisational guitar recordings and field recordings in Ontario, Canada. The audio piece was part of the show "Frecuencia" at Galería Animal, Santiago de Chile.
Frequency, B-Sides (Set of 3)
Intended to waste as little as possible, these three publications are a photo/graphic and editorial exercise using proof sheets from Frequency's printing process. Randomly cropped and edited into three unique b-side books.
5 x 6.75 inches
Over 400 pages each
Selected work featured and honoured with:
2023 — National Gallery of Canada, Library & Archives Collection (CA)
2023 — Photobook Exhibition and Panel Talk (group show) Rencontres de la photographie en Gaspésie (CA)
2023 — Art Gallery of Ontario, Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives Collection (CA)
2023 — San Telmo Museum, Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche Collection (ES)
2023 — Ciel variable, Photobook Review by Louis Perreault (CA)
2023 — CONTACT Photobook Fair. Stephen Bulger Gallery (CA)
2023 — Palm Studios. Featured work (UK)
2023 — Espacio Migrante (group show). Museo de la Ciudad, Santiago de Querétaro (MX)
2023 — Getxophoto. Pause! Open Call 2023. Shortlisted. (ES)
2022 — Canada Council for the Arts. Travel Grant. Arts Abroad program (CA)
2022 — Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2022, Nominee (GE)
2022 — Frecuencia, Artishock Magazine. Article by Alejandra Villasmil (CL)
2022 — Frecuencia (solo show), Galería Animal (CL)
2022 — Ontario Art Council. Exhibition Assistance Grant 2021-2022 (CA)
2022 — Salon 44 (group show), Gallery 44 (CA)
2022 — FotoNostrum Magazine, Issue 23. Feature Article (ES)
2021 — Latin American Galleries Now. Galería Animal + Artsy (US)
2021 — The Burtynsky Grant. Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Winner (CA)
2021 — Urbanautica Institute Awards 2020. Representations of Space, Architecture, and Conflicts. Winner (IT)