The representations of the political image within the boundaries of photography
In the contemporary world, artists do not often exploit photography simply as a means to produce an image; instead they use the image itself on the grounds to deconstruct the photographic language. The six artists selected for ARCO Madrid 2016 are recognized within Latin American photography traditions, definitive for their committal to social realities, however cannot be reduced to the reiteration of renowned documentary reportage. Instead, they reinvent and strengthen their approach to photography by investigating the multiple layers of its own language. Traditional documentary photography relies on the ability for an issue to convey a message in order to raise awareness. These six artists do not believe in Photorealism. They look forward to the quest of a new beauty, which through their tensions and ambiguities, appeals to the senses and feelings of the viewer. They rely on sensitivity (aisthēsis) as a mean of transforming or questioning the ways in which we perceive and inhabit reality (and the images) that surround us. If their art is political, it becomes so by the materials and methods chosen. This is achieved in the ways they occupy or sabotage foreign images and also through the ways in which they dispose of the elements in space. All in all, their art is political because it is presented as a decision making place, and as a mise en scène of subjective alternatives, able to defy standardized or predictable modes that conform our daily affections.