Photography: Stills from Julian Carrion 10.21-23
Photography: Stills from Julian Carrion 10.21-23 What is illuminated seems to be true and ideal, but when looking in dimness the authentic truth may be revealed. 10.21-23 explores an imaginary city immersed in total darkness, a place where humankind is obliged to live in obscurity, where exposure to radiation and sunlight is fatal. It is a land where the human eye has developed the capacity to see through the darkness. The lack of illumination has forced the foundation of new strategies to explore the world, where not long before visual memory was the element that gave credibility to human experience. Behind the video with the same name lies a sociological study, exploring the artificial darknesses of the first world’s enclosed spaces and weighing the triviality of our daily life. In 10.21-23, observation in obscurity opens unknown and hidden doors.
The project continues its investigation of darkness and reality through a series of Barely illuminated night-landscapes of New York City, where the legendary and picturesque nocturnal horizon is devoid of its radiant gloom. The images expose the metropolis submerged in shadows, consumed by a sudden blackout. The city appears static and opaque, like a contemporary archaeology of corporate stardoms, all equally exposed by a lack of illumination.
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