An Artist Uses Photos Found at a Flea Market to Examine Shades of European Colonialism
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Image/Sheet: 109 x 140 cm (42 7/8 x 55 1/8 in.)
Frame: 120 x 150 cm (47 1/4 x 59 in.)
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In his series Pontus, Delio Jasse explores how urban space is experienced in Luanda. To make these works, he uses experimental printing techniques to manipulate and superimpose photographs, thereby creating a new image that, as he explains, ‘occupies a space that is neither completely real nor completely fictitious, neither reality nor memory.’ In Obra, offered here, we see people crossing a pedestrian bridge over a passage that is blocked by barbed wire. Jasse created this work by brushing handmade photographic emulsion on art paper and printing the work himself. The result, he believes, represents the spirit of the city in the way it showcases human daily life amidst the urban chaos.
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BES Photo 2014 : Délio Jasse, José Pedro Cortes, Letícia Ramos, Museu Coleção Berardo, 2014, p. 28
Tiwani Contemporary, London
Using photography as a vehicle for experimentation, Jasse works with found passport photos and family albums to explore what he calls “latent imagery.” In this new context, previously unseen elements in the images are revealed. Although he works with photographs, Jasse claims that his artwork is not purely photographic; rather, photography serves as a point of departure—whether through analog printing methods or layered, superimposed images—to alter spatial construction. In his “Pontus” series of manually tinted emulsions, for example, Jasse flattens, juxtaposes, and highlights different scenes to direct the viewer’s gaze and highlight the evolution and cultural convergences of postcolonial Angola.
Angolan, b. 1980, Luanda, Angola, based in Lisbon and Milan