Gabinete de curiosidades, 2022
There is an undeniably obsessive dimension to Manuel Castro Prieto’s photography, a constant quest to reveal the disturbing strangeness beyond the simple appearance of the banality of daily life. His dreamlike and mysterious images are as many spaces of photographic and perceptive experimentation, where the metaphysics of the relationship to reality of the photograph as of the author is played out. Memory, the passage of time, the precariousnesś of things and beings, myths and symbols, are all questionings that pierce his work.
Composed with objects loaded with symbols in the places of his childhood, now abandoned and almost in ruins, the images of Gabinete de curiosidades explore his personal universe. They speak to us of an intimate world, which, under the guise of representing natural elements, delivers a mental construction: the fear of death and oblivion, the fascination for the light invading the darkness, the desire and hope for the redemption of man through beauty.