The Reverse of Landscape: Catalina De La Cruz

JULY 19 – SEPTEMBER 21

Installation view of The Reverse of Landscape: Catalina De la Cruz on view at the Center for Book arts July 19 through September 21, 2019.

Through a series of photographic works identified as a “Photochemical Book”, Catalina De La Cruz explores the desert of Chile and Peru as spaces with imposed limitations, in which natural and manmade structures struggle to survive. Through chromatic, graphic, architectural, spatial, and referential inquiries on the landscapes, the artist books–which have been produced using 19th century photochemical printing–are used to interrogate the visual, material, and conceptual narratives within the photographs, to create new visual contemporary poetics.

“I have developed my work from the photographic, specializing in chemical photography from the 19th century, digital photography, its displacement to large-scale videographic support and creating the photochemical book format as sequential work. From these different devices, I explore the discursivity of photography as an image of the real working in an expanded field, addressing issues about the territory and its intervention – occupation. The notion of immersiveness in the work has been the axis, through the scale and the story.”

“He desarrollado mi obra desde lo fotográfico, especializándome en fotografía química del s.XIX, fotografía digital, su desplazamiento al soporte videográfico de gran escala y creando el formato de libro fotoquímico como obra secuencial. Desde estos diferentes dispositivos, exploro la discursividad de la fotografía en tanto imagen de lo real trabajando en un campo expandido, abordando problemáticas sobre el territorio y su intervención – ocupación. La noción de inmersividad en la obra ha sido el eje, por medio de la escala y el relato.”

Artist Talk with Catalina De la Cruz, September 12, 6:30 pm

Catalina De la Cruz (Santiago de Chile, 1979). Master in Visual Arts.

She has done solo, two person and collective exhibitions in Chile, in the National Museum of Fine Arts, Contemporary Art Museum, Espora and Moro Gallery, Pinacoteca de Concepción and Palacio de La Moneda Cultural Center, among others. In addition to exhibitions, presentations, and workshops in Spain, Peru, Brazil, and the United States. Her works are in private collections in Chile, France, and the United States, where there are also two artist’s photochemical books, in the New York Public Library. She has been a beneficiary of the National Art Fund and has collaborated with the Centro de La Imagen in Lima, Peru and the International Photography Festival of Valparaíso, Chile.

For 13 years she has been managing her own photochemical research space in Santiago, Chile, where work production workshops are taught in photochemical processes from the nineteenth century, from a contemporary approach. TEF.

(www.talleremulsionesfotograficas.cl).

In 2016 she created the project and workshop: “Photochemical Book”, an unpublished editorial format based on precursory photography techniques.

Catalina De la Cruz (Santiago de Chile, 1979). Magíster en Artes Visuales.

Ha realizado exposiciones individuales, bipersonales y colectivas en Chile, en el Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Galería Espora y Moro, Pinacoteca de Concepción y Centro cultural Palacio la Moneda, entre otros. Además de exhibiciones, presentaciones y talleres en España, Perú, Brasil y Estados Unidos. Sus obras se encuentran en colecciones privadas en Chile, Francia y Estados Unidos, donde además se encuentran dos libros fotoquímicos de artista, en la New York Public Library. Ha sido becaria por el Fondo Nacional de Arte, y ha colaborado con el Centro de La Imagen en Lima, Perú y el Festival Internacional de Fotografía de Valparaíso, Chile.

Desde hace 13 años dirige su propio espacio de investigación fotoquímica en Santiago, Chile, donde se imparten talleres de producción de obra en procesos fotoquímicos del S.XIX, desde un enfoque contemporáneo. TEF. (www.talleremulsionesfotograficas.cl).

El 2016 crea el proyecto y Taller Libro Fotoquímico, formato editorial inédito a partir de técnicas precursoras de la Fotografía.

Translation by Scott Ridley