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Milena Bonilla – Transitory Map

The last post on Bruno Dubner reminded me of work I saw by Colombian artist Milena Bonilla. I first discovered her work about a year ago when, upon arriving in Bogotá, I googled “contemporary columbian photography” and found her name on a list of people exhibited at a show in England a few years ago.

Milena Bonilla – Transitory Map

I liked this work called Transitory Map and she describes it thus on her site:

The project consists in to take randomly several buses in Bogotá city and to sew the holes that appeared on the damaged seats. (seats are made of foam and synthetic leather or fabric). The size of the hole defines the time used to travel along the city sewing the damaged seat. After finishing the tour, the path taken is transferred to a map, using as a convention the same thread color as the one used to sew the seat. During the whole project twenty five tours were made from which there are sixteen documented.

I’m really taken with the simple beauty of the photos; their color scheme and soft lighting. The gesture, too, is symbolic of healing and alludes to the country’s violent past (and present).

Milena Bonilla – Transitory Map

Milena Bonilla – Transitory Map

Bruno Dubner at MAMBA (Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires)

A last post for 2011 and maybe a last post from Argentina for awhile as I’m now traveling in Chile and soon to head to Peru again. On my penultimate day in Buenos Aires I visted a small show of photographs by Bruno Dubner at the MAMBA [great name]. The work is called Ajeno, which means foreign, distinct or alien. The show consists of a long line of about 30 photographs of sidewalk views, looking down and to the side, usually depicting different sorts of entry ways in the more urbanized neighborhoods of Buenos Aires.

Ajeno – Bruno Dubner

Bruno Dubner – Ajeno

There’s a brochure with a long, fancy text that’s beyond my skills in Spanish and, probably, my English too, if it were translated. Beyond the conceptual conceit of the work, I appreciate the photos for evoking the urban skin of Buenos Aires. The photos themselves are simple and unpretentious, shot with a 35mm camera and printed small but lusciously [C-prints!]. There’s an overall chromatic harmony within the work and an obsessive attention to certain details, like the near total exclusion of litter, graffiti, or any sort of text–something that becomes clear when viewing the full series. Unfortunately the work isn’t on Dubner’s site just yet [although do check it out as he’s got some other interesting work].

The installation of the show is also nicely done, echoing the composition of the photographs themselves.

Bruno Dubner at MAMBA

I totally stole all these photos from a post on the website Juanele, about this show. I’d go over and read that as well because the writer, Gabriela Schevach, delves more into the conceptual elements of the work and knows her stuff!