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Interview

Jon Gorospe: The way photographs are produced, shared and read are in the core of every project I do

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Futures Photography
Date:
January 4, 2021
“The way photographs are produced, shared and read are in the core of every project I do.” In this interview, meet Jon Gorospe, nominated for Futures in 2020 by PhotoEspaña.

He graduated at the Basque Country’s EASD and the Faculty of Arts in Vilnius (Lithuania). He completed his studies with several artist from the photography and cinema field, as well as the visual art world.⁠ ⁠

His practice is focused on new approaches to the idea of contemporary landscape. Gorospe combines his work as an artist with the study and understanding of the image from a theoretical point of view.⁠

Below, he talks about his inspirations and career:

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Can you tell us a little bit about your inspirations? Which themes do you often work with?

Most of my inspiration is found in the outside world, then comes the cinema, the literature, the art, etc. The themes I work with are usually connected to the way we deal with our surroundings. I am interested in the processes that modify the territory and the ideology behind these changes. In the last years, I have been mostly working with the anthropic landscape. I have angled this topic with several perspectives.

How do you see your relationship with the medium? How do you use photography to express your art?

I have a strong connection with the photography media, I am very interested in how photography has expanded its own definition and has shifted our perception and imagery. Today we cannot just think in what an image is, we also must think in how this image circulates. The way photographs are produced, shared and read are in the core of every project I do. There is always a metalinguistic part in my work that talks a lot about the stage of the media.

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Do you have any ongoing (or more recent) project that you would like to share with us?

I recently did a project I am very happy with. It has been the first time I had the chance not to talk about the urban landscape, but to modify it and change somehow the way inhabitants interact with the space where it is installed.

This work titled "The Many Skies" is a public installation in two underpasses in Asker (Norway). I collected hundreds of images that users uploaded to social media with Asker's geolocalisation, I extracted from these images portions of skies that I have used to create several lightboxes to illuminate the space. There is a light sequence programmed that modifies the color of the tunnels. These colors also come from the user's images.

The idea behind the project was to modify the narrative of this dark spot. Now, when you walk through the space, you don't do it alone, but you do it accompanied by the light registered by the people from your community.

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We have been facing a lot of challenges this year. How do you see this moment for art? Is it changing your practice?

2020 brought a lot of challenges. I believe I have not modified much my practices, because I usually work with long term projects and my research started years ago. But it certainly has changed the way these projects are read and perceived by the public. I guess from now on we have put a lot of attention on how the context of the new works are understood.

Can you share with us some of your plans for the future? Do you have any new project in mind?

I am working with a couple of new projects that use videoart as the main media. On one hand a piece called "The Grid" where I am filming the elements we use to commute inside the cities. I am very interested in the rhythm of the city and the mechanics that pulls ourselves from one corner to the next one in the urban areas. On the other hand, I am working on a project called "The Spot" where I am focused on the advertisement industry in the cities. The way screens are placed in strategic places to squatter our view and get a lot of attention.

As I usually do, I will combine the production of these new ideas with exhibition projects already finished in the coming years.

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What do you expect from this experience as a Futures talent?

I already got most of the things I expected from Futures. The possibility to share my work with new audiences, talk to institutions and art agents is key in an artist's career. I appreciate this so much and I hope that this will help to bring new opportunities to work with some people abroad.

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