Andres Carretero

Phenotypes
Photography

April 12th – May 2nd, 2008

 

A photographic Project that explores the values of the place and identity.  A cultural Exchange inside Mexico’s different states, involving Mexican albino people.
" ...The subject of identity (inevitably associated with the notion of difference) is being treated here from the perspective of social relations, represented in the photographed scenarios. Therefore, the photographic set brings forth a metaphorical ambiance and a kind of textual quality attached to the physical presence of the subjects. Any spectator may experience some discomfort by sensing something out of place, uncomfortable at first glance, as if the camera, instead of being placed in front of the subjects, displaces them.
This sense of being out of place also gives the work its political aspect, since the displacement (albeit an imaginary one) is an indirect way of drawing one’s attention to the displacement these people have to deal with in the social sphere. Their condition does not allow them to participate in certain outdoor activities, since they cannot be exposed carelessly to direct sunlight. In many contexts, they may be considered strange or abnormal, and wherever they are, they always seem foreign. The photographic act could be a means of building an ideal context in which the portrayed individuals do not seem marginal. Finally, an air of abstraction seems to give them a paradoxical normality and a sort of comfortable dignity. Furthermore – and this is no less significant – they reveal a particular beauty, fragile and subtly vulnerable... "
(Out of Place. Portraits and Emplacements by Andrés Carretero. By Juan Antonio Molina, Mexico February, 2008. Translated by Ilan Liberman)

 

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