ABSENTIA
LAURA BARRÓN

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ABSENTIA

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HUÉSPED
DIEGO MORENO

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Absentia is a project that narrates a journey back to my hometown (CDMX), after having emigrated to Canada where I stayed for more than a decade. The book is composed of seven notebooks. Each notebook evokes my experience of navigating through seven cities: Cali, Buenos Aires, Quito, Lima, Havana, La Paz and Mexico City. 

As a narrative tool I use my travel diaries, experimenting with different types of paper and printing processes, this project becomes a reconstruction of my own territory and explores issues related to cultural identity. Relating landscape, memory and territory it also talks about nostalgia, loss and belonging.  
Through images and texts Diego Moreno narrates the complexity of his family history, one that is marked by disturbing cycles of domestic violence, machismo and attachment to the Catholic religion. This photobook, in the form of a family album, allows the author to construct a present to find his place in the world and to reflect more deeply on the fragility and complexity of the human condition, and the hostile time we inhabit. 

Huésped has been developed over six years, during which Diego has explored his own identity through an intense process of immersion in photography as a means of connecting with his family universe, creating and recreating scenes that allow us to enter into this complex web of relationships, at the same time as they are transformed in the photographic act itself. From the time of the Spanish Conquest, 

Chiapas has been a state in Mexico where diverse cultures coexist, where cultural and social contrasts remain in constant tension. Mexico's border with Latin America, a crossing point for undocumented migrants, the scene of the Zapatista struggle, a place inhabited by indigenous peoples who keep alive pre-Hispanic customs, the so-called "coletos", descendants of Spaniards, mestizos and foreigners, make up an extremely complex social mosaic. 

LAURA BARRÓN

Laura Barrón works with photography and video. She holds a BA in Visual Arts from ENAP, UNAM and an MA in Visual Arts from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has taught photography at various institutions including the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos UAEM, York University and OCAD University in Toronto Canada. Her work is part of several public and private collections and has been awarded and extensively supported by FONCA-CONACULTA in Mexico, the Ontario Arts Council OAC, Toronto TAC and Canada CAC. Laura's work explores the meanings of landscape. She investigates territory, geography and cartography to create relationships between memory, place and presence. In 2003 she emigrated from Mexico to Canada. She currently lives between Toronto and Mexico City and is a member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte (SNCA).

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Size: 20 x 28.5 cm 
Number of pages: 7 books of 32 pages each 
Offset and inkjet printing 
Print run 50
Languages: Spanish/English
Hand bound

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