OBLIDATS is a collection of photographs that are part of a more extensive work focused on objects forgotten in the forest. Being more specific, in the forest near my home where I do an important part of my photographic work.
With OBLIDATS I intended to emphasize the value of chance in the creative process, a line of work that comes from the historical avant-gardes (“objects trouvées”, “ready-made”…). Perhaps we are not aware of the permanent importance of chance in our lives. In this collection’s case, all the objects have appeared to me, they have not been sought.
Secondly, I would like to emphasize the value of everyday objects. Something simple, something humble can have an unexpected greatness and deserves my absolute respect. The Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies opened a path with his reverence, borrowed from Taoism, for humble objects. In OBLIDATS those found objects have been taken out of context and enhanced with a focal light that highlights their richness of materials and textures.
Finally, these images speak of expiration and the passing of time. The objects that are shown in the photographs want to make us reflect on our own expiration and on the transformations that take place in our body and in our life with the passing of the years. Thus, OBLIDATS acquire a metaphorical and existential sense.
All images and text © Joan Sorolla
By Joan Sorolla
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