Pedro J. Barbáchano
Madrid, Spain. 1996.
+34 681 233 348

Aware of the tension, I am drawn to the crisis where the contemporary photographic document is found. The paradigm has shifted from reporting narratives to the study of footprints. Photography has found – in the study of the sequel – its spot as a contemporary code. Given the impossibility to continue understanding the world through the traditional photographic document, I’m attracted to new documentary alternatives that circumvent the metanarratives of the 20th century.

I found in Egypt a territory sensitive to different dynamics and processes of contemporary society: A space radically marked by an ancient civilization, which played a key role in the history of humanity. Treatment and management of that sediment in a globalized planet generate spaces of heterotopia, both locally and abroad.

On the other hand, part of its photographic magnetism resides in its vast territory, with abundant footprints of various colonialist convulsions. All these footprints, scattered across a large surface area, allow for the isolation and identification of these processes circumscribed to specific areas. This territorial expanse enables a precise approach to macrodynamics through the analysis of an encrypted landscape.

This codified landscape catalyzes my a posteriori documentation. In a restlessly represented environment, the photographic document can’t survive without a discourse referring to the medium itself. My work consists of decoding this landscape through observation and photographic categorization of sites and landmarks, which bring up spatial tension in relation to different historical and political dynamics. My photographic discourse is located in the intersection of identity, territory and historiography.