The Obscure Rigour of Light
3 Dec 2020 - 20 Jan 2021|
SCAN PROJECTS + INSTERSTICIO|
SCAN presents The Obsucre Rigor of Light, a photographic installation by José Manuel Martínez Bellido (Cádiz, 1992) that inhabits a poetic territory situated in temporal suspension between day and night, light and shadow, the visible and the suggested, the perishable and the eternal.
The project is made up of a set of found photographs with a common composition: outdoor portraits of people looking at the camera and casting sharp shadows on the ground. Installed in the shape of an arc, like a sundial, the shadows cast by the characters coincide with the hour marks, marking the passing of the hours.
In this way, these biographical photographs become an astronomical instrument for measuring time, marking and overlapping the subjective time of human existence and the absolute time of nature. Time and space intersect here: the detained time of individual experience in contrast to the extended time of galaxies, the space contained in memory and the immeasurability of the universe.