“One Man’s trash is another mans treasure.” This idiom embodies Alejandro Durán’s current body of work. Durán has come a long way since his series ” Washed Up” debuted through En Foco’s New Works Photography Fellowship Awards program #15 this past year, and we are excited to see the project grow.
This articulate juxtaposition and color scheme emphasizes the harsh contrast between the “natural” and “artificial,” allowing one to question the cultural significance of today’s waste in our ever-growing consumer culture. These remnants of plastic waste retain their shape and identity and lodge themselves into a permanent place in a changing scape – but with much effort, Durán disposes of the debris after he’s done.
Durán is not the first to photograph waste, and will not be the last, but his magic realist approach stands on a ground of its own.
For more about this series, you can also read our prior blog post by Michael Mazzeo here.
Alejandro is also exhibiting at the Bronx Biennial of Latin American Art at Bronx Art Space, and is having his first solo show at the The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York at the Mexican consulate in October. His exhibition will inaugurate the newly renovated Octavio Paz Gallery.
Make sure to check it out it, the show dates are: October 4 through the 29, 2012.
Click here for more images and Alejandro’s personal webpage.