‘GAIA’ by Jaume Llorens

Winner of the Competition Solo Exhibition

On View December 1 – 31, 2023

This ongoing series takes its name from a hypothesis by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis that describes Earth as a single superorganism in which living beings and the rest of the planet establish a self-regulating equilibrium that ensures the survival of the whole.

The series consists of diptychs created by juxtaposing two photographs of natural elements found in my local environment. These elements generate a third image that combines the two photographs into a harmonious whole, which differs from the simple sum of its parts as described by Ralph Gibson in his concept of the “Overtone.” New and balanced realities can be created from this simple juxtaposition.

Gaia aims to reflect on the need to re-establish our connection with nature that has been neglected for too long and to feel like a responsible part of this marvelous system once again to ensure the survival of our planet.

My work is the result of moments of silence observing nature and the surrounding landscape. An intimate and contemplative approach to celebrate its beauty or the magic it gives us. An attempt to convey the emotional or aesthetic impact that this contact provokes; or sometimes to reflect more or less explicitly my emotional landscape. I feel comfortable with simple, sometimes very minimal images that suggest rather than explain. And infinitely happy when someone recognizes traces of poetry in my photographs.

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Porqueres, near Girona, Catalonia, in 1966. Fond of photography since he was a teenager. In 2014, he took part in his first collective exhibition. The most notable ones have been the LensCulture group exhibition at Photo London 2023, a solo show at the Fundació Valvi in Girona in 2022, another solo exhibition at the Festival Mirades in Torroella de Montgrí in 2021, and a collective at the Valid Foto Gallery in Barcelona (OFNI Project, 2019).

Among his awards, he received the Top Pick at LensCulture Critics’ Choice 2023, the Top 50 at Photolucida Critical Mass 2023, the 3rd place (singles) at the Lens Culture Black & White Awards 2022, the selection of his portfolio ‘Deep Inside’ at the Barcelona International Photography Awards, BIPA, 2019, and the 3rd prize in the VI National Photography Competition Canson Infinity (Spain).


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