Eduardo NAVE, UNDERBAU (Book Design)


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"Like is a symptom, a disruption in the ecosystem of visual production. It reveals the existence of a deranged approach to pictorial representation in which more importance is attached to showing our place in the world than to showing the world itself. In a society imbued with the capitalism – the excess, total accessibility and asphyxia - of post-photographic era images, the question arises whether it is any longer possible to experience the excitement of discovery.
Faced with such an overload of multiple stimuli and reactions, photographer Eduardo NAVE pursues the old modernist dream of exploring a virgin landscape that has never been colonized by human eyes. Are there no longer any places to escape to? Is contemplative solitude possible? Emptiness is a motivating force that lives on in the imagination and drives the photographer to embark on each new voyage, even when that voyage is a lunatic, ctitious or totally impossible undertaking.

The correlation between solitude and wonder was already inspiring aesthetic awareness and sensitivity even back in the Romantic period, when it showed how the human capacity for fascination becomes much more acute in situations of melancholy: the vastness of the open sea, the in nity of the sky, the enormity of the desert and the breath-taking peaks of snow-topped mountains. Wonder is aroused when the mood is expansive and radiant. Hence the realisation that the camera is a romantic artefact which requires seclusion and novelty, a catalyst of emotional effects and spaces that needs to establish contact with external phenomena.

It should also be remembered that photographic techniques have undergone considerable changes over time. For centuries, physical contact between subject and camera lens aroused great enthusiasm for getting as near as possible to whatever was being photographed. But the process known as the second digital revolution, characterised by the use of mobile phones and the “sel e” craze, has accentuated the physical and symbolic distance which exists between the eye and the view nder and, above all, has led to a loss of immediacy with regard to visual narrative and the inevitable dispersion of the captured phenomenon. Nave stands on the borderline separating appearance from experience, the gesture of exhibiting “what I am” from the documentation of “what has been”. He warns us about the impossibility of isolation but at the same time encourages us to rekindle a desire to explore the world.
Like is a printed image of our age, of this global village in which we live and where the human gure melts into the background like some kind of diluted being: a sign oating on the surface with no order, coherence or identity. And that explains Nave’s determination to move to some new, uninhabited land, perhaps further away than ever and perhaps even outside this reality." (Mireia A. PUIGVENTÓS, from the text of the book)

About the photographer Eduardo NAVE (*1976 in Valencia):
Eduardo Nave studied photography in Escola d’Art i Superior de Disseny in Valencia.
In 2005 he founded, with 13 photographers, the photography collective NOPHOTO.
His works have been exhibited around the world and can be found in numerous private and public collections. His oeuvre is represented by Galeria Pilar Serra (Madrid).
'Like' has received backing of Centro de Arte Alcobendas, gallery Pilar Serra,  Control P and Nophoto.

"Like steht für ein Symptom, eine Störung im Ökosystem der visuellen Produktion. Es zeigt die Existenz eines verfallenen Ansatzes der bildlichen Darstellung, in der mehr Wert darauf gelegt wird, unseren Platz in der Welt zu definieren, als die Welt selbst abzubilden.
In einer Gesellschaft, die mit dem Kapitalismus erfüllt ist - dem Überschuss, der totalen Zugänglichkeit und der Asphyxie - der postfotografischen Ärabilder, stellt sich die Frage, ob es möglich ist, die Aufregung der Entdeckung länger zu erleben.

Wie ist ein gedrucktes Bild unserer Zeit, eines globalen Dorfes, in dem wir leben und wo die menschliche Figur in den Hintergrund tritt, wie eine Art verdünntes Wesen: ein Zeichen, das auf der Oberfläche ohne Ordnung, Kohärenz oder Identität schwimmt.
Das erklärt Eduardo NAVEs Entschlossenheit, in ein neues, unbewohntes Land zu ziehen, vielleicht weiter weg als je zuvor und vielleicht sogar außerhalb dieser Realität." (freie übersetzung der publisher's note)

Über den Fotografen Eduardo NAVE (*1976 in Valencia):
Eduardo NAVE hat an der Escola d'Art i Superior de Disseny in Valencia Fotografie studiert. Im Jahr 2005 gründete er mit 13 Fotografen das fotografische Kollektiv NOPHOTO.
Seine Arbeiten wurden bislang weltweit ausgestellt und finden sich in zahlreichen privaten und öffentlichen Sammlungen. Sein Oeuvre wird von Galeria Pilar Serra (Madrid) vertreten.
'Like' wurde mit der Unterstützung des Centro de Arte Alcobendas, Galerie Pilar Serra, Control P und Nophoto veröffentlicht.