OSCURANA presents a body of work arising from Antoine d'Agata's travels over more than thirty years in Brazil, Peru, Nicaragua, Salvador, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guatemala, Haiti, Puerto Rico, the United States, Cuba and Mexico.
OSCURANA is remarkable for its immediate, almost brutal vision of societies caught in the brutal spiral of violence. Through the degeneration and paroxysm of the flesh, the photographer seeks to reveal fragments of society that escape the usual analysis and visualisation of the collective body.
Antoine d'Agata records what he lives and experiences the situations he documents. By transgressing the boundary that separates the photographer from his subject, he becomes the object of his image, a forced actor in his own premeditated scenario, photographing the fragile shadows that break free from social control by appeasing animal impulses, evading the moral order and accessing the last magical rites of instinct.
In the obscene transparency of an ultra-communicative world, d'Agata, rejecting voyeuristic or sociological viewpoints, invents a language made of instinct and flesh as a barrier against the puritanical and economic order, and frees himself from a global and insidious ideology aimed at replacing desire with fear.
Antoine d'Agata Marseille, France.
He's a photographer and filmmaker. He studied photography under Nan Goldin and Larry Clark at the International Center of Photography in New York.
He has won many awards, and has been exhibited many times. Some published photobooks are Insomnia, Vortex, Stigma, Psychogéographie, Ice and Anticorps for which he won the Rencontres d'Arles Author's Book Prize and exhibited Anticorps at Le Bal in 2013. In 2004 he joined Magnum Photos.
Hydra + Fotografía is a review of the current photographic production in Mexico through different activities such as exhibitions, the publication of photobooks and workshops, where authors from different generations and places in the country converge and intersect to draw and open to the public a complex, contradictory and disturbing map of photography and reality in Mexico today. Through various lines of work we seek to raise questions, to open up photography to reflection and dialogue that allows for diverse readings and enriches the medium.