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14
APR

Terra Nullius - Einskis manns land

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19:00
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Terra Nullius / Einskis manns land - Alfredo Esparza


Sýningin opnar laugardaginn 14. apríl, kl. 17:00, og mun standa til 20. maí. Listamannsspjall verður 28. apríl kl. 16:00. Ramskram er opið laugardaga og sunnudaga kl. 14:00 – 17:00.

Terra Nullius*

Síðan 2015 hef ég verið að vinna með tengslin á milli landslags, landsvæða og menningar í eyðimörkinni í Mexíkó. Ég hef áhuga á að ljósmynda svæði sem liggja á milli nútíma siðmenningar og náttúrunnar. Svæði sem eru varanlega menguð af manninum.

Þessar ljósmyndir skrásetja óhóflega nýtingu á þeim landsvæðum sem maðurinn hefur lagt undir sig og eru óbyggjanleg eftir vegna ofnýtingar eigendanna og eyðileggingar. Ástæðan er ofræktun, eyðing vegna vatnsnýtingar, vegna óhreinsuðu svæðanna, þurrausnu námanna eða vegna svæða sem eru ónýt vegna eitrunar.

Í dag eru þessi landsvæði fangar óvissunnar þar sem maðurinn getur ekki lengur nýtt þau og ekki er hægt að endurreisa vistkerfi þeirra.

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Terra Nullius*
Einskis manns land. Orðtak úr latínu sem Evrópubúar nýttu í lagasetningar þegar nýlendustefnan var að þenjast út í þeim tilgangi að geta gert tilkall til landa sem þeir ,,uppgötvuðu“. Á þessum forsendum voru frumbyggjar sviptir eigin svæðum svo hægt væri að skipta þeim á milli nýlenduríkjanna.


Alfredo Esparza Torreón – ljósmyndari

Alfredo Esparza Torreón er fædddur í Mexíkó 8. október 1980.
Hann er með MA gráðu í húmanískum fræðum með áherslu á sagnfræði frá UV of ITESM í Mexíkó 2008. Hann útskrifaðist frá Contemporary Photography Seminary of Centro de la Imagen í Mexíkó 2012. Alfredo Esparza Torreón býr og starfar á milli Torreón og Mexíkó City.

Einkasýningar:
"This is not the way", Gallery L, Mexíkó City 2017.
"Rupture and passivity", Museo Casa del Cerro, Torreón Mexíkó.

Samsýningar:
"The North", Listhús Gallery and Residency, Ólafsfjörður Ísland 2017.
"3x3" í Barrio Salamanca, Madrid Spánn 2015.
"Exercises of Probability", Arterial Space, Mexíkó City 2014.
"Tripping The Light Fantastic", Agora Gallery, New York, USA.

Bæjarsýningar:
Listhús Gallery and Residency, Ólafsfjörður Ísland, ágúst/september 2017.
Fish Factory Creative Centre, Stöðvarfjörður, október/nóvember 2017.
357 Creative Studio, Tlalnepantla, Mexíkó 2011-2012.
Torreón vann til sérstakra verðlauna á “Third Contest of Contemporary Photography” í Monterrey í Mexíkó 2017.
Hann var meðstofnandi “Sin Perder De Vista", mánaðalegar umræður um ljósmyndun, í Cine Tonalá í Mexíkó City, á árunum 2015-17.

Sjá frekar sitthvað af verkum Alfredo Esparza Torreón:
https://www.instagram.com/aesparzac/
https://www.instagram.com/videoportrait/
https://www.youtube.com/user/esparzalfredo/videos? sort=dd&view=0&shelf_id=0&view_as=subscriber


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RAMskram Gallery presents

Terra Nullius



Terra Nullius*
I am working with the relationship between landscape, territory, and culture in the Mexican
desert. I am interested in photographing spaces that are on the border between the modern
binomial of civilization and nature. Spaces with human incidence in them, but that seem to be
negotiating all the time their permanence into the environment.
To choose the subjects of my photographs, I study the territory in Google Maps and Google
Earth to identify places that appear in abandonment or decline. I draw a route and address to
them. Sometimes my subjects are not what I expected; However, along the way I find human
interventions that account for progressive modifications of the space.
These photographs record the immoderate use of the environment in spaces that were once
"conquered" by humans, but now are uninhabited due to the overexploitation of their resources
through overgrazing, depletion of aquifers or land cleansing of not regulated territories, among
others.
Today, these areas remain in a kind of limbo, where neither humans can use them nor the
Ecosystem can be completely restored.
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*In English: no man's land. Latin expression converted into a legal formula by the Europeans during the period of
colonizing expansion to claim the land "discovered" as their own. Under this premise, the original inhabitants were
deprived of their territory so it could be distributed among the colonizers.


Alfredo Esparza
Torreón, México / October 8,1980
Master in Humanistic Studies with specialization in History by the UV of ITESM
(México, 2008). He is graduated from the Contemporary Photography Seminary
of Centro de la Imagen (México) in 2012. Solo shows: "This is not the way" at
Gallery L in México City in 2017, and "Rupture and passivity" at Museo Casa del
Cerro, in Torreón, México. He has exhibited collectively in various shows such as
"The North", at Listhús Gallery and Residency, in Ólafsjörður, Iceland (2017).
"3x3" in Barrio Salamanca, in Madrid, Spain (2015). "Exercises of Probability" in
Arterial Space, México City (2014) and "Tripping The Light Fantastic", in Agora
Gallery, New York, USA; among others. He won a special price at the “Third
Contest of Contemporary Photography” in Monterrey, México (2017). He did 2
residencies programs in Iceland in 2017: Listhús (August-September) in
Ólafsjörður, and Fish Factory Creative Centre (October-November) in
Stöðvarfjörður. He did another residency between 2011-2012 at 357 Creative
Studio, in Tlalnepantla, México. He worked from 2012 to 2015 at the National
Museum of Popular Cultures (México City), where he developed curatorial and
museography projects at the exhibitions department. He is a Cofounder of “Sin
Perder De Vista", a cycle of monthly talks (from 2015 to 2017) on photography at
Cine Tonalá, in México City.
Lives and works between Torreón and Mexico City.
To see some of his work:
https://www.instagram.com/aesparzac/
https://www.instagram.com/videoportrait/
https://www.youtube.com/user/esparzalfredo/videos?
sort=dd&view=0&shelf_id=0&view_as=subscriber

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