Between the floor and ceiling
The 9.99 gallery opens the second Project Room of 2015, showing a comprehensive selection of photographs by Andrea Aragón. Some of the works in the exhibition belong to different series “Antipostales,” “Mundo Capitol,” “La Línea,” “Home,” and “Ghetto”; others have been left out of them, regardless of the stories and events that Aragón seeks to illustrate.
At a time when the distinction between reality and fiction has become blurred due to the digital manipulation of images, the veracity of documentary photography has been put into doubt. Aragón’s aesthetic and thematic decisions are influenced by the intentions of the Magnum Group photographers from the forties and fifties—the prestigious photo agency created after WWII by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David “Chim” Seymour—and the personal style of American artists Nan Goldin and Sally Mann. Her work could be defined as intimist documentary because of her interest in rescuing the poetry of the everyday, finding in the “non-moment” a situation that does not depend on its construction, but it just happens spontaneously and goes unnoticed between the floor and ceiling.
In her photographs, Aragón maintains a consistent visual relationship with the national reality and presents an updated revision in order to highlight the impact of social and economic inequalities in Guatemala. Her personal criticism of the system and the national status quo is objectively manifested in her photographs, which resonate internationally because of existing similarities among marginal areas around the world. Migration, prostitution, territorial segregation, and poverty are some of the issues that Aragón choose to explore, but it is human dignity in these situations that she frequently seeks to articulate.