“I studied Chinese landscape painting and became obsessed with the idea of trying to understand their way of looking at nature. As I found most of the holy mountains they had been depicting for thousands of years were almost destroyed by pollution or otherwise turned into tourist spots, it became for me a search for a landscape that doesn’t really exist, an idealized picture”
Pierre Gonnord‘s ‘Portraits (Retratos)‘ – inspired by the great masters of portrait genre of the 17th and 18th century, diving with a deep compassion into the soul of people from social groups disregarded by the society and depicting them with grace, respect and elegance to make us remember they are humans too.
“I choose my contemporaries in the anonymity of the big cities because their faces, under the skin, narrate unique, remarkable stories about our era. Sometimes hostile or distant, almost always fragile behind the opacity of their masks, they represent specific social realities and another concept of beauty. I also try to approach the unclassifiable, timeless individual, to suggest things that have been repeated over and over since time began.”
Pierre Gonnord – Portraits
More than 100 portraits made between 1999 and 2012 are collected in a new spectacular book published by ‘La fabrica” .
Pierre Gonnord is a French self-taught photographer who since 1988 resides in Madrid.
To learn more about the artist’s thoughts behind the series, watch his interview on the occasion of an exhibition in New York
Guido Mocafico‘s series ‘Movement‘ – all the moments in our life are carefully connected, creating an exquisite piece of art.
“In a horological movement, I find poetry meeting technology. The poetry of time elapsing, the change of seasons, astronomical movements, and technology which enables up to eight hundred mechanical pieces inside such a small volume, all working perfectly together, to reach the most accurate time calculation. Each one of these movements takes on a life of its own.”
Guido Mocafico – Movement
Some of the artist’s works are available as photo books, published by Steidl Verlag
An ancient warrior is wounded after a battle and he is now in conflict whether to die or continue fighting. Three ghosts appear as symbols of his feelings and thoughts that clash within his heart and mind as he has to decide…
The story unfolds in ‘neo-realistic’ narrative – the warrior in his traditional costume and the ghost in a modern dress. Neo-realism is described by the artist as “a history theatre where current and contemporary societal conditions come to play”. So, the question is – how to continue our lives? What do we really want?
Jos Jansen‘s series “Batterfields” – Do we still control technology or does it control us? The choreography created by our fingers on mobile devices becomes a visual metaphor of our continuous struggle with technology.