Juan Margolles - Sometimes we have no shadow

Self Publishing, 2014

“Based on the exploration and contemplation of the vicinity, Sometimes we have no shadow emerged from the personal experience of inhabit an unfamiliar urban space.

Through a leisurely tour without cardinal directions, in the urban environment to which he attempts to belong, Margolles highlights the presence of natural elements over a formal architecture to develop two parallel narratives that build the very same space.

These narratives establish a dialogue beyond the urban form, that reflects a constant personal change and transforms the author from observer to observed”.

www.juanmargolles.com

 

© Sometimes we have no shadow by Juan Margolles

© Sometimes we have no shadow by Juan Margolles

 

This photographic research, presented in a well designed and limited edition publication (only 100 copies), analyzes the presence of natural elements and the altered landscape around them. Juan Margolles (Argentina, 1975) investigates how people inhabit their surroundings, how they modifie their relationship with the environment and in which way they determine their relationship with nature. New forms of nature are born from the symbiotic presence of accidental and artificial, organic and inorganic. How does the human race cohabit with the surrounding context to become part of it?

 

© Sometimes we have no shadow by Juan Margolles

© Sometimes we have no shadow by Juan Margolles

© Sometimes we have no shadow by Juan Margolles

© Sometimes we have no shadow by Juan Margolles

© Sometimes we have no shadow by Juan Margolles

© Sometimes we have no shadow by Juan Margolles

© Sometimes we have no shadow by Juan Margolles

© Sometimes we have no shadow by Juan Margolles

 

INTERVIEW

GACould you tell us something more about how your project ‘Sometimes we have no shadow’ started?

JM – This project emerged from a personal necessity. I had lived in a new city, in a new country for 5 years and I was feeling some kind of disenchantment about the surrounding reality. Thus, I decided to explore the immediate environment to know it and therefore, to inhabit it in a better way. Through the development of the project, I realized that I was not photographing or depicting a determined city or place, but the represented space was defining me and becoming, in a metaphorical way, the reflect of myself.

Sometimes we have no shadow is related with the idea of, only if we were invisible, we would have no shadow. Although this project arises from a personal experience, it refers widely to all these moments when we do not feel identified with a determined social, political or economic reality. In fact, we may feel as invisible beings within these realities. I would add that these situations could occur in an unfamiliar urban space but also in the place where you have been living during your entire live.

GAHow do you approach the landscape while working on your project?

JM – As in others before, in my last work I approach the landscape as a space for the reflection instead of a place to be documented. I always work in the space that I inhabit to refer by means of it, to the citizen and its relationship with the immediate surrounding. I am interested to know how contemporary development model determines the manner of inhabiting our cities, modifies social patterns and determines our relationship with nature.

GADid you start the project with the idea of making a book?

JM – I started this Project without a pre-established idea respect of the final form. Nevertheless SWHNS is a work based in the contemplation and therefore, I believed that the editorial format could be an excellent medium to involve the observer in a more intimate and personal way, and to achieve an unhurried contemplation. Moreover this format could strengthen the images individually and as a whole.

GAWhat has been your 3 favorite photo-books in the last few years?

JM – Among others I would like to highlight, “Does Yellow Run Forever?” by Paul Graham, “Natur” by Michael Schmidt and the recent “Ser Sangre” by Iñaki Domingo.

 

© Sometimes we have no shadow by Juan Margolles

© Sometimes we have no shadow by Juan Margolles

© Sometimes we have no shadow by Juan Margolles

© Sometimes we have no shadow by Juan Margolles

 

Juan Margolles (Mar del Plata, Argentina, 1975. Lives and works in Valencia and Berlin) has participated in the International Art Festival INCUBARTE 2012, International Photography Festival SCAN 2012 and Descubrimientos PHOTOESPAÑA 2012 Festival. His photographic projects have been awarded with the grant “Generación 2011”-Caja Madrid and the National Youth Art Biennial Rep. Argentina. Margolles has been nominated to Plat(t)form 13-Winterthur Fotomuseum and selected for Call Young Artist-Luis Adelantado Gallery, for the Sovereign European Art Prize 2011 and the International Art Prize Obra Abierta 2011-Caja Extremadura.

His work has been exhibited at, Contemporary Space of Creation (ECCO) in Cádiz, Luis Adelantado Gallery in Valencia, Haskoy Yun Iplik Fabrikasi in Istanbul, La Casa Encendida in Madrid, Museum of Illustration and Modernity MuVIM-Valencia and Museum of Fine Arts Faustino Jorge Bonadeo, Rauch, Argentina.

Editing: Juan Margolles – Gonzalo Golpe
Bookbinding: softcover, 225 x 170 mm
52 pages
Print: The Folio Club
ISBN 978-84-617-2030-9

 

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Curated by Gianpaolo Arena