El archivo de la memoria
In a long-term project, from the Louvre to the Musée d’Orsay, from the Prado to the Thyssen Museum, Juan Manuel Castro Prieto photographs works of art.
His approach is devoid of any documentary vocation. No duplication, but a look at a art by Castro Prieto. So, two views intersect, sometimes separated by several centuries, that of the painter (or sculptor) and that of the photographer. With all due respect to Eugène Delacroix who wrote “The daguerreotype is more than the mirror, it is the layer of the object”, photography is not a tautology. For it is about the question of the perception, visual and sensitive, of a painting or a sculpture. Juan Manuel Castro Prieto questions at the same time the apprehension of a work of art as the crossing and superimposition of two mediums of representation. The subjectivity of the photographer is expressed here, giving free rein to his eye which is attached to a sparkle, a reflection, a crack on the surface of the canvas…
Courbet’s wounded man, unrecognizable, freed from all morbid dimensions, is transfigured by a sensuality that is not unlike the holy ecstatics. The frame of Jean-Jacques Henner’s Dead Christ turns into a coffin that seems to play with the laws of gravity. And in these works, which often belong to the collective memory, the photographer creates confusion. Through the photographic process and decontextualization, he operates a transubstantiation of the work, and the image within the image resonates like an echo.
11 framed prints
2 prints 110 x 150 cm
1 print 110 x 145 cm
8 prints 60 x 90 cm
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