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Fantasmas, Instalación en vía pública, Bienal de Singapur, 2008






 

Singapore Biennale 2008 (11 September - 16 November 2008)
Artistic director: Fumio Nanjo; curators: Joselina Cruz and Matthew Ngui.

Introduction
By Joselina Cruz (Curator)

On the facade of Raffles Shopping Centre in Singapore, looms the large-scale photographic work of Isaac Montoya. The image is a rainbow-coloured portrait of a young woman, hair seemingly in dread locks, her mouth open. The photograph pulstates with a frenetic energy.

Most of Montoya's artworks are amnipulated photographs that allow for several layers of meaning. On one hand, he creates glossy, attractive images often identified with consumerist iconography. These images are reminiscent of those found in magazines, advertising billboards and TV ads. All are slick - visual gratification, immediate; the bombardment of the products' glories, relentless. Montoya's photographs however lend several, alternate readings. By providing screens or filters that reveal other images, he provides us with another reality. A reality we would we would rather not see, or be be reminded of. He ensures that the second (and third) portraits that are revealed draw us into an uncomfortable place - one we would rather have remain at arms length.

Montoya has been called a chameleon, a reference to his work and his open person. He has created a female version of himself as Isa Montoya (Montoya himself dressed as a woman), whose return to Spain is chronicled in a parody of 'Hola' (re-titled by Montoya 'Ole') a Spanish magazine dedicated to the idiosyncracies of the rich and famous. His other photographs too are 'doubled', all are simulacra of realities that border on mockery and social commentary.

For the Singapore Biennale, Montoya's work Fantasmas (Phantoms) (2008) contains several images that nudge us to think about the state of contemporary word events. He layers three images, two of which areseen through red and blue filters. Montoya has taken the imagistic spectres from our subconscious - the portraits are glimpses of places around the world where violence continues unabaited, where peace is still rooted in the hope of its coming. The work's location in a busy consumer area prompts people to face up to this situation. There is not one but several realities, a variety of angles to everything and every event.

Text courtesy of Joselina Cruz and Singapore Biennale 2008























FANTASMAS, 2008. Instalación en vía pública.

En 2008 el director de la Bienal de Singapur Fumio Nanjo y la comisaria Joselina Cruz, quieren presentar una instalación mía en la fachada del edificio Raffles, en el centro de Singapur. Desde un principio se habla de la serie de trabajos con imágenes ocultas. Hasta ese momento este tipo de imágenes se podía desvelar con un solo filtro, bien rojo o bien azul. Para esta ocasión planteo un proyecto nuevo en el que existen ocultas dos imágenes, una que se revela con el filtro rojo y otra con el azul. Las posibilidades temáticas y narrativas de duplicaban así. Aunque también surgían problemas técnicos nuevos, con triples intersecciones de color que llevaron a decenas de pruebas.

Finalmente se presenta en la Bienal la obra Fantasmas, 2008. El espectador dispondrá de tres niveles de relación. Una primera imagen que podrá descubrir a simple vista con el rostro multicolor de una Drag Queen, símbolo de multiplicidad de identidades a medio camino entre el disfraz, el maquillaje y la ambigüedad personal. Al realizarse en la vía pública los filtros tendrán un protagonismo especial, entre la escultura y la funcionalidad urbana. Se plantean como unas cabinas donde el espectador puede entrar físicamente y descubrir otras realidades. Las imágenes ocultas revelarán dos lugares en conflicto, aún hoy, como son Irak y Afganistán. El grito de las victimas parece soterrado por el bullicio de un mundo de rascacielos, lleno de color y reflejos.

 




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