Using his trip through the foothills of the Andes in northwestern Argentina as a starting point, Marcos Goymil proposes a reflection on the concept of gaze and how physical trauma can be visually represented.
The photographic essay "Metrics & Tears" unveils an experiment that the artist has lived in his own flesh: the experience of a physical correction. With remnants of trauma, this process is presented not only as overt torture but also as a reflection around ways of seeing. Here, the photographic device appears as 'mentor' or corrector of what and how we see: the gaze that conforms with the implicit coordinates of the machine. It is important to know that lab and technical devices are not only objects but also theories. The design of a device itself implies some sort of previous truth. When we capture the world, we imprint on it a perspective, a scenography, an aesthetic purpose.
Throughout his trip throughout the Argentine foothills of the Andes in the provinces of Salta and Catamarca, Goymil discovers a landscape where the redemption of an image of the physical corrections he went through becomes feasible. His interest moves away from the touristic and the ethnographic perspectives to a rather introspective and poetic glance. Goymil captured places surrendering to small and indefinite details or in voluptuously textured planes, scenarios that emerge as hidden cartographies. In the gathering of artefacts and landscapes, a unique language is woven, a mesh of signs that trace a new system. By including in the same geological coordinates, the imposing geometric structures of the scientific objects and the extensive surface of the mountainous ground, a single space is revealed in unity. A new gaze conspires in favour of the mystery dissolving the threatening metrics and their rectification powers.
Marcos Goymil (1976) is an Argentinean photographic-based artist, whose work is rooted in the narratives we constantly tell ourselves. By deconstructing situations to better understand them, he deals with visual processes of restoration towards giving them new possibilities of life. Marcos has a degree from the School of Photographic Art. Find him on PhMuseum and Instagram.
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