Joan Fontcuberta, Poemas del Alquimista
Size: 16 x 22 cm
Binding: Paperback with flaps
Language: English / Spanish
An alchemist exercise by Fontcuberta that brings to light the strange poetics of the sinister.
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Photography may seem to stop time in its tracks, but time ends up taking revenge. This is the hypothesis that Joan Fontcuberta explores in this work in which, like an alchemist, he conjures fascinating new images from the decaying impressions left on old glass plates.
Joan Fontcuberta celebrates here the centenary of Josep Palau i Fabre (1917-2008), whose masterpiece, Poemas del Alquimista, was written in exile in France and published illegally in Spain. Following in Palau’s wake, Fontcuberta immersed himself in various photographic archives in search of denascent images, turning them around and bringing them back to life transformed into something else.
Between experimentation and essay, Fontcuberta’s photography, like the poetry of Josep Palau i Fabre, exhales the tragic unease of existence, which can only be redeemed by imagination, irony and eroticism.
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