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The space in the mirror photographic record. Permanent gallery, Bogota, 2018.

The space in the mirror

In this project Jonathan Chaparro reflects about the interweaving of emotions, memories and aesthetics built between generations in intimate spaces. It consists of three photographic installations made with translucent and reflective surfaces, light projection and old spaces photographs of his relatives. In this way, he creates various phantasmagorical and introspective sensations that allow to meditate about the time that has elapsed while the spaces of the house are built and inhabited, as well as on the flows and concentrations of emotions gathered in those places throughout the lifetime.

The project was built from a series of visits, conversations and observation exercises done in the house where Jonathan's paternal grandparents have lived for the past fifty years. The place is located in the south of Bogotá, in Santa Lucía's neighborhood. During the investigation the artist realized the strange connection that existed between the body of his grandparents and space. One of the scenes that affected him too much was when he observed his grandparents lying on his bed, they looked at the mirror on the dressing table with gaze lost. The image in the mirror and the gloomy atmosphere of the site led him to perceive them as if they were immersed in a different time, isolated from the present. From that moment on, he aimed to recreate the condition of space and the time of his grandparents' memories at that instant. This is how he relied on the inverted virtual image of the mirror of that dressing table to imagine his grandparents’ ghostly bodies inhabiting that house in the past. Just like Alice when she went through the mirror, Jonathan imagined himself crossing a portal to a place where his body could be virtually dematerialized to approximate the condition in which his grandparents’ minds were.

Artworks

Portal I

2018 - 2020

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Portal I photographic record. Permanent gallery, Bogota, 2018.

Materials

 

Sublimated digital photograph on polyester

Embroidered curtain

Led light

Aluminium tube

Dimensions

3 m. x 22 m. x 5 m. (variables)

Abstract

Portal I consists of a visual trap that allows the viewer to glimpse my grandparents in their room through the interweaving of a veil. With this work I recreate the feeling of intangibility that I found in the atmosphere of the house. Spectators can transit the space between layers while they are seen as ghosts to other visitors.

Portal II

2018 - 2020

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Portal II photographic record. Permanent gallery, Bogota, 2018.

Materials

 

Sublimated digital photograph on polyester

Pane of glass
Construction of plaster walls
Led lights
Crystal mirror

Dimensions

3 m. x 2,2 m. x 6 m. (variables)

Abstract

Through Portal II  the viewer can approach the living room of my grandparents' house. The piece consists of a large format photograph that represents a series of objects acquired over five decades that testify to some of the cultural practices that they developed during their lives in Bogota, Colombia. The image is installed on one of the walls of the room emulating the continuity with the place and is illuminated with a video projection that recreates the variations of the light that enter through the gate. in front of the image a large-format mirror is installed in which the viewer can see and interact being aware of his role as an observer of the place.

Portal III

2018 - 2020 

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Portal III photographic record. Permanent gallery, Bogota, 2018.

Materials

 

Sublimated digital photograph on polyester

Dressing table and wooden chair
Led lights
Reflective pane of glass
Various objects

Dimensions

 

3,5 m. x 2,2 m. x 6 m. (variables)

Abstract

Portal III consists of a wooden dressing table where the spectators can be reflected into of my grandparents' room. This image originates from a photograph hidden behind the mirror. The piece works thanks to the darkness and the refractive mirror that divides the two spaces, allowing to see both spaces at the same time.