Landscape on Landscape series 2020
Landscape, in one of its meanings, is the natural space admirable for its artistic-scenographical aspect. We experience it according to our perceptual capability. We see what we know. I am interested in the idea of nature as a cultural construction and the composition of a new landscape with other readings. I explore the illusory of a natural landscape image and its chromatic decomposition, transferring what is captured by sight to the codes of another system (RGB).
The series introduces a dialogue between figuration/abstraction where the real and the manipulated overlap. These double photographs combine opposing codes that attract each other, as the perception of color through its absence or the flatness of paper through its fold.
2 digital photos overlapped. Fine Art Printed.
Front: Bl+W Photograph. (manual cut and fold).
Back: color photograph on Sintra mounted.
90 x 60 cm . Body series .15 pieces
White box frame with glass protection.
Kutho series 2019
KUTHO is inspired by a Burmese concept of merit carry out by Buddhists on a ritual that involves covering relics with gold leaf. Leaving a gold-mark is exclusive to male devotees for merit-making towards better karma. Women, in the guise of an impure status, are forbidden to approach.
Buddha’s statues are mass-produced in Myanmar. The head is the last thing to be carved as it were blank slates waiting for its assigned visage. While a portrait does not necessarily imply a face, this Buddha questions the small world of the visible, as a pause on its doctrine. I care about how an offering affirms the idea of the next life and empowers us by being used as a tool for that purpose. Power. Resignation. The liberation of the soul is also an unending work in progress, I use the same leaf to seal my memory with the gold light, which grace, I can not access.
Digital photography. Canson Platine Fibre Rag 310 gr
Manual intervention with gold leaf 24K . 30 x 45 cm. 2012
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Andrea Alkalay is a visual artist currently based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She holds a degree in Industrial Design. Materials and forms have always been tools to highlight concepts on their symbolic presence. She uses photography as a way of thinking, looking for the poetic and political potential that arises from the observation. Another line of inquiry is the voyage. The condition of foreignness and displacement is a source of inspiration and explores photography’s ability to manipulate perceptions of reality. She is interested in the discrepancy between what we see and what we know, where these qualities contradict each other and coexist simultaneously. Her work has been exhibited abroad by being awarded, to mention: Sony World Photography Awards 2021, Siena Awards 2020, RAK Festival (UAE), Tifa 2019 (JP) and She is featured at Saatchi Art Spring Catalogue 2021, Foto Feminas, Fisher eye, Fotografas Latam, PHmuseum, Lensculture, Arte Hispano, Arte Al Día, between others.