No expiration date
We had the pleasure to receive the Mexican artist César Damián (for two months), whom arrived in Buenos Aires, to carry out a production residency in ´ace, through a joint grant from the governments of Argentina (Secretary of Culture of the Presidency of the Nation) and Mexico (FONCA-CONACULTA).
The guiding axis of this artist’s work has been migration, a vehicle for his creative projects and promoter of his own personal transformations, from which he investigates themes that symbolize its ramifications: geography, distance, mobility, rupture; border, identity, evocation, anguish, fear, life and death.
My creative experience is born in conventional photography from where I have explored the image as an expressive foundation. Motivated by a need for experimentation and search, I have gradually crossed my practice into other disciplines. As I have been involving myself in new projects, I have discovered myself immersed in interdisciplinary processes. Within these exercises, the greatest challenge has been at the same time the most stimulating cause: developing collaborative processes with artists from diverse disciplines and, above all, conceiving art as a system of multidisciplinary, transversal, experimental and collaborative manifestation.
My work, although visual, tries to link itself to poetry, space, texture, and sound. I understand it as a sensory / sensual creation system, from where I go through dreams, darkness, illumination, the landscape, the faces and the violated body. I am interested in representing the creator of my time, in building new meanings, new narratives. Investigate the multidimensional. Entering a map, appearing in another, where the reality and the memory intersect. Pursue and configure parallel realities.
My mission as an artist is to discern what allows me to create my own need to express, invent, experiment, investigate, confront, question and be free.
1970 | Mexico DF.
Lives and works in Pachuca. Hidalgo, Mexico.
Visual artist, editor and cultural manager.
Photography. Scottsdale Community Collage. Arizona, USA.
Photography. Center of the Image. Mexico DF.
Founder of FRONDA (organization for the promotion of contemporary art)
He exhibited in museums and galleries in Mexico, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Summit Fine Art Gallery artist. Calgary. Alberta, Canada.
AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Creators with Career Scholarship (three times). Hidalgo State Fund for Culture and the Arts (FOECAH). Mexico.
National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) (twice). Mexico.
2009 | The Ted Harrison Artist Retreat Society. Yukon, Canada.
2007 | Participation The Calgary- Banff Photography Festival 2007. Canada.
2006 – 2007 | Artist in residences. The Banff Center. Alberta, Canada.
2005 | Honorable mention in the 6th. Photojournalism Biennial. Mexico.
No expiration date
“The me of the past, what we felt and thought yesterday lived, endures in an underground existence of the spirit. It is enough for us to ignore the urgent present so that all of our past rises to the surface and begins to resonate again. A word of beautiful etymological contours we say that we remember it – that is, that we pass it again through the estuary of our heart – Dante would say per il lago del cor”
José Ortega y Gasset: The viewer, II, “Azorín: primores de lo vulgar”
Water is the balsam, the element where I immerse myself in the memory as a mechanism to reach reverie, the subconscious of my own experiences and those of others who, like me, store in their body, the distortion of past events or more intimate illusions.
This piece was born as a dialogue with the Río de la Plata because I am interested in giving a sense of place to what I do. Water is the catalyst and the metaphor. In it I explore and build this installation in an audiovisual way that seeks its platform in photography.
The images belong to the faces of foreigners in Buenos Aires and the sound of the river is the connection with the identity of this city.
Thus, this piece not only refers to memory as the mechanism that enables memories. I speak of a mosaic of individuals that becomes collective memory. Understood as the place where we can be conscious and free. Like the transmutation of the living being that rebuilds itself, from its history. What happens in the ordinary of the trip. Our step becomes the collective memory.
I also intend with it to make a poem and a tribute to life and death, an ode to the reminiscence of small things. Death is not forgetfulness and like truth, memory never expires.
I must say that before I longed to be a photographer, now I pursue poetry.