Location: MEXICO CITY, ALVARO OBREGON, Mexico
Disassemble Series V, Portraits of the Invisible - Volume 2 “Connected”, 2020 - 2023.
This life series is part of my continuous exploration of portraiture as a reflection of the energy and complexity of the human being. As when we see our face reflected in running water, it’s never static —we are constantly moving, our states of mind shifting and evolving; we are like a perfect machine creating moments in our life.
It started in 2016 when I decided to fully dedicate to make my own contemporary photography after being an editorial photographer for over 30 years. I started to research, catalog, and study how my family depicted life in Mexico over 4 generations.
My intention in Stage V of my Disassemble Series is to get to know my grandfather Armando through making my own contemporary version of his extraordinary portraits that span around 80 years, moving from his analog photographs through my artistic exploration of portraiture (with pictures that try to decipher symbolic meanings, technological changes, and resonances in society over time). And as final pieces, the creation of these unique hand-constructed three-dimensional photo sculptures.
In this portrait sculptures, we cannot see a face, a body or a life story, but only the feeling and perception that I had when portraying the person evoked as an energy structure because, in essence, that is what we are.
Inside our cells are atoms, and inside them are electrons and particles, and inside the smallest particle, there are only filaments of energy moving very fast.
I am the 4th generation and the last photographer in this family. I am closing a cycle and giving meaning to the 120 years in which we have dedicated to portraiture.