GEOGRAFÍAS PRIVADAS  (2012)

35mm film photography

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As a cultural and archeological deposit, as well as historic platform and conflict scenery, the human territory and its landscape are a fundamental aspect for identity configuration. In this sense, home and its environment, beyond being a mere architectonic structure or geographic location, represents one of the most sensitive and resounding concepts of what can be referred as our psychic vocabulary, as it assembles the diversity, complexity and richness of an essential aspect of living in the world: the inhabiting.  

Photography, as a register of this inhabiting, by selecting and emphasizing fragments of the great cultural landscape, allows us to redeem the obviousness from its apparently state of neutrality and in that way, point out the remarkable within the great landscape of forgettable, establishing the reasonable doubt with respect to the routines and daily automatism of society. Photography is able to make of the anodyne and tedious, a monument worthy to observe and analyze. The photographic document becomes a meta document that, founded in an aesthetic experience, it is inevitably artistic.

From a photographic exploration and analysis of characteristic locations, sceneries and scenes of residential neighborhoods, Geografías Privadas exposes a glance of the habitability, condition and quality of the chilean middle class way of living, reflecting is quotidian reality and capturing its population form and style of living. Through a thorough gaze of the mundane suburban day-to-day, the project pursuits to insist on the limits that the residential space establishes between the public and the private, the personal space and group space, between homogeneity and heterogeneity, and the relation between the dichotomies of this particular geography and the identity of the inhabitant social group. 

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