Jorge Luis Álvarez Pupo

Artist Statement

I want to capture the sensorial essence that provides the transformations that pass through our lives, using the body as an instrument, the body as the main protagonist of our existence: the body as it suffers, loves, grows, falls apart. 

 

My series I Was Born Kind of Blues is a referential metaphor to Miles Davis’s album Kind of Blue, which transmits feelings of a very diverse nature and state of mind in a kind of blues-jazz mixture. The title is an associative appropriation of two different media that are “playing” with the same emotions and still have the purpose of being part of the speech instead of being the speaker.

 

I normally work with an imaginary that has an apparently peaceful spirit and is visually romantic, but also has a deep charge of loneliness. It is a visual paradox in which the fact that you are quietly sharing very close spaces with others does not mean that you have emotional plenitude; it is just a “shelter” to feel that you are protected.

 

I am talking about my own conflicts and those of others. I’ve kept an interest in manipulating light, including zones of darkness, and shadows (as zones of silence), where we whisper to hide our real feelings. I use photography as an unwritten diary of the people around me, contemporary society, and myself as part of that. 

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