THE CIRCULAR ENCLOSURE, Ongoing
In Jorge Luis Borges’ story ‘The circular ruins’, a man arrives at the ruins of a temple in the jungle –the circular enclosure– with the supernatural purpose of creating another man piece by piece in dreams, only to realize in the end that he is also the product of someone else’s dream. As in Borges’s story, dream and reality overlap in this project, a series of images where time has somehow been suspended, and where –without a possible narrative–, what remains is the confusing feeling that what we see does not seem real but unconscious. These images work as sediments with no spatial or temporal connection that meet in another place or accumulate in a crevice after being carried by the same river.
Fascinated by our mind’s ability to create images without a conscious or rational intervention –especially when we toss and turn, doze, are absent-minded or absorbed– and the residual relationship that these have with reality, I have tried to represent the idiosyncrasy of those unconscious thoughts and envisions through the editing and the use of the particular codes they operate with: fragmentation, repetition, loops, time skips, images as echoes of other images, stairs that go nowhere, landscapes as mental places and elements that disappear and appear transformed into another thing.
The resulting series –formed by photographs I took in Iceland, old images I found in different antique shops and photographs I took in the last years– works as a set of hidden clues to be deciphered or unravel; and ultimately, establishes a dialogue on how both photography editing and our unconscious mental processes are able to disrupt the inherent significance of an image or element.