Hinted narratives


Maria Alejandro Huicho discusses how narrative can be told through photographs. 

“I believe that my work stands in what Badiou calls ‘the gap between reality and artifice’. I don’t intend to depict a stated fact, I would like the viewer to wonder and reflect on the scenes and subjects outlined in the image that we would perhaps take for granted in everyday life. I intend for my work to be a constant observation and exploration of reality and humanity.”

“The individual elements that form the images and how they are put together are determinant for the narratives of image making. A small shape in the background of a landscape can transform the whole picture and give it relevance. It is about the position it takes within the photograph. In other words, it is about the importance of composition. I suppose it is here where visual formal elements become subject matter and can tell us about time and space.

Also relevant in the continuous narrative that expands to the viewer’s imagination, is evocation. Here, textures, composition and other formal and aesthetic aspects of an image come together to evoke meanings.”

“Similarly to a musical or poetic structure, juxtaposed fragments are put together to compose narrative’s meaning. In the particular case of my works, I aim for a unifying and dissonant rhythm abided in memory and imagination. As Graham Clarke articulates: ‘We can, then, speak of a language of photography, in which every aspect of the photographic space has a potential meaning beyond its literal presence in the picture’, and it is those potential meanings that allow images to speak of bigger subjects that go beyond the frame of the photograph through stories grounded in reality and recalled by fiction.”

Images and text by Maria Alejandra Huicho

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