12 Photographers, 12 Portfolios, Edition of 12 in 12” by 12” format
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Once an object is drawn closer and becomes immediate, it loses its mystery. This could be one of photographer José Carlos Jurado’s premises, who grants a fundamental place to contemplation when each piece is carried out, yet turning contemplation into an exercise in which what is observed is rendered inaccessible. Looking at José Carlos Jurado’s photographs we are able to feel there is a limit that can not be surpassed by knowledge or by information, and the act of contemplation entails the location of what is contemplated in some kind of distance or auratic remoteness. The look, respectful and absorbed, may work thus as a consecration instrument instead of a means of knowledge.

José Carlos Jurado’s landscapes are closer to the abstract than to the descriptive. They are photographs that offer scarce location or identification keys. As a consequence, in this context, any narration that surpasses the limits imposed by the representation is unprecedented. With these characteristics, it would be difficult for this work to be accepted as a typical representative of Mexican contemporary photography. As a matter of fact, the issue of strict belonging to a national or regional culture becomes rather irrelevant here, unless it is meant to attract attention on the plurality of sources that arise from cultural crossings in the conditions of contemporary visual culture. In this regard the fact that the author pursued studies in academies in Mexico City, as well as in Barcelona and in Osaka, combining the study of music with that of photography and films, is an important piece of information. Thus, the poetic and philosophical profile is better understood, focusing on the complex universe of sensations. It also makes sense that the author mentions Mishima along with Rachmaninov; furthermore, because of the subject he is dealing with, we could associate his work to that of a paradigmatic author such as Hiroshi Sujimoto.

José Carlos Jurado aspires for his marine landscape representations to evoke the sound of the sea. “More than a photographer – he states when defining his work – I consider myself a lover of the sounds of nature”. The complexity of this aesthetic remaking is also perceived in his desire to present his photographic work as an “abstract symphony”, in which sounds and images of the western and eastern cultures are mixed with evocations of his land of birth. The paradox of this project stems on a suggestion of the resonant universe deriving in a proposal of contemplation as a silent way of absorbing the image’s reality.

We could say that in the work of this artist silence is a variant of sound. Thus it is understood that, when presenting his portfolio, entitled In the coldness of night, Jurado invites us to “listen to the silence of the sea”. These works, carried out with elegance and intelligence, provoke a sense of meditation, that leaves the mystery intact and for a moment, it makes the spectator feel possessed by a pleasant feeling of loneliness and melancholy.

By Juan Antonio Molina (translated by Leticia Consuegra)