"Classes, Paraguay 2003-2013"
( serie of 20 pictures, from a total essay of 70)
The impossible “taxonomy” for Attempting to explain how we are divided socially
What new ways of ordering our collective everyday life do we need to invent in order to classify the layers of our society? With this photo essay Classes, Jorge Saenz, an Argentinian photographer living in Paraguay, offers a series of human gestures relating to the differences of our social structures.
The complete essay is a collection of 70 pictures taken in the past ten years: Paraguayan scenes whose connecting thread seems the presence of money or food, elementary items in life. There are contrasts and similarities in the images, which juxtapose and bring together the symbols that separate us socially.
“An impossible taxonomy, incapable of logically classifying material that is elusive, That does not fit into any system” wrote art historian Ticio Escobar, then minister of culture of Paraguay, about the essay Classes.
Jorge Saenz was born in Argentina, but his family is Paraguayan. Has been living in Asuncion since 1989, where he works as correspondent for The Associated Press. He has published seven books of photo essays, some of them are landmarks of Latin America photography, such as “Rompan Filas”(Broken Ranks) about obligatory military service in this country (www.issuu.com/jsaenz/docs).
He is dedicated to understanding the society in which he lives by means of photography. He is also founder and Director of “El Ojo Salvaje” (The Wild Eye) a collective of artists that organize an international biannual photo festival. (www.elojosalvaje.org)