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Alejandro was born in Santiago, Chile in 1974, a few months into the dictatorship that unsettled forever the country’s social fabric. He encountered photography quite by accident, at 20, after his parents strongly suggested he should study something more ‘stable’ than his first passion, music. From that age he followed parallel pathways; as a photographer and as a musician. Alejandro was considered one of Chile’s most dynamic drummers in the 90’s and 00’s, playing with rock bands as important as Solar and Tsunamis. During these years, his photography and music coexisted tightly, being vehicles of the same artistic idea and necessity.

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During these years, his photography and music coexisted tightly, being vehicles of the same artistic idea and necessity. However, since 2010 Alejandro has been working as a full time photographer and after a long and painful denouement, he decides to freeze any militancy related to music, throwing himself fully into photography.

His work has constantly received lots of public and critical attention in Chile and he won a residency with Magnum Photographer Antoine D’agata in Valparaiso, Chile, 2012. Retrospect Galleries is excited to introduce him to a broad international audience with five major exhibitions during Oct- Nov 2013.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My idea of photography is initially sustained by photography of the 19th century, running away from ‘point and shoot’ photography, so pervasive in the last few decades.

Restlessly, I decided to further explore this idea, and began to cross-pollinate my work with other artistic media, like film, but above all painting. Without ascribing to ‘photographic pictorialism’, I strive to create plastic sceneries, with a kinetic autonomy, hidden in an apparent staticity. Using few recurring but potent elements, I initially try to shatter or at least question the different paradigms of beauty, so I can then enter more rugged terrains such as religion, sex and politics. I photograph the defeat of humanity as a race.

I use tension as a tool to create distance, a ‘reprehensible lack of commitment’, which forcibly beckons the viewer to look deeper into my work. The silence! The annihilation of the photographer-as-character, the “adios amigo” to the author’s ego, the transfer as a gift. I challenge the spectator to face up to the emptiness, which is the best of gifts to someone who seeks to ‘look inwards’.

EDUCATION

2010 | Diploma in Photographic Post Production in Academia MAC, Santiago, Chile.
2010 | Diploma in Digital Photography, Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Chile.
1995-97 | Escuela de Artes Visuales Fotoforum, Photography, Santiago, Chile.

AWARDS

2012 | Residence with Magnum Photographer Antoine D’agata, Valparaiso, Chile.
2011 | FOBEJU Art Competition. Santiago de Chile. 2nd place.
2006 | “Bano Privado/Bano Publico” competition, Galeria Animal, Honourable Mention.

EXHIBITIONS

2014 | FAXXI 2014 Art Fair, Santiago de Chile.
2014 | Affordable Art Fair, Singapore.
2014 | Asia Contemporary, Hong Kong.
2014 | Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong.
2014 | Affordable Art Fair London, UK.
2014 | Affordable Art Fair Milan, Italia.
2014 | Affordable Art Fair Brussels, Belgium.
2013 | Affordable Art Fair Stockholm, Sweden
2013 | Affordable Art Fair Hamburg, Germany
2013 | Asia Contemporary, Hong Kong
2013 | Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2013 | Affordable Art Fair Singapore
2013 | Trazado’. Individual show in Galeria Animal, Santiago, Chile.
2012 | Collective show for the Antoine D’agata Residence, in Parque Cultural, Valparaiso, Chile.
2012 | FAXXI, Art Fair, Santiago, Chile.
2012 | Art Fair in the Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral.
2012 | Art and Design Fair, CASACOR, Santiago, Chile.
2012 | TESTER, group show, photography, painting and serigraphy, with artists Victor Garcia and Sebastian Vargas, Santiago, Chile.
2011 | FAXXI, Art Fair, Santiago, Chile.
2008 | Individual show. Series of collages with mixed techniques in Taller Pocuro, Santiago, Chile.


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