Photograph of Artist JORGE ALBAN
JORGE ALBAN
San José, - Costa Rica



Original Artworks (4)

Jorge Alban; Flor And Morazan, 2002, Original Photography Color, 38 x 12 inches. Artwork description: 241 Morazan is one of our national heroes. Flor is like most women in her generation: underepresented in the media and politics. They had long talks after the rain in Morazan Park, downtown San Jose. . . . This photo is part of the
Jorge Alban
Original Color Photograph, 2002
38 x 12 inches (96.5 x 30.5 cm)
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Jorge Alban; Sol And Walker, 2002, Original Photography Color, 30 x 12 inches. Artwork description: 241 First in the
Jorge Alban
Original Color Photograph, 2002
30 x 12 inches (76.2 x 30.5 cm)
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Jorge Alban; Suburban Variations II, 2001, Original Photography Other, 19 x 13 inches. Artwork description: 241 The suburban variations series  received an award at the First Epson Digital Photography and Art Salon in Costa Rica, 2001. ...
Jorge Alban
Original Other Photograph, 2001
19 x 13 inches (48.3 x 33.0 cm)
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Jorge Alban; Suburban Variations I, 2001, Original Photography Other, 19 x 13 inches. Artwork description: 241 The suburban variations series  received an award at the First Epson Digital Photography and Art Salon in Costa Rica, 2001. ...
Jorge Alban
Original Other Photograph, 2001
19 x 13 inches (48.3 x 33.0 cm)
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Artist Statement

My current work elaborates on spatial/textual/historical tensions that reveal contradictions between the represented and its representation, between the small personal anecdote and the grand historical narrative. My photography thus incarnates the failure of male socialization and the ways in which Latin America still conceives and applies power. Between 1995-1998 I intervened crashed car pieces with photographic self-portraits holding my little girl. It was an attempt to challenge the archetypes at work in paintings like the Virgin with Child of Il Duccio de Buoninsegna, painted around the year 1300 A.C. , so abundant in catholic imagery. The trashed car junk provided a most appropriatte showcase for masculine destructive powers, a reference to the Pantocratos "punishing god" (as oppossed to the all forgiving virgin Mary). Several of these pieces, including Toyota Corolla 92 (1996 and Taxi Year Unknown (1997), were exhibited at Body, Fragment Memory. In the catalog of this show, published by the Museum of Costa Rican Art in 1997. The critic Vivianne Loria (current Lápiz Magazine collaborator) stated in that shows catalog: "In the Works by Jorge Albán, the image is diffused, hidden and enhanced as fragments on a metallic support, fragmented on it own. Sharp edges from the trashed car junk do not encourage tactile physical contact with the works, producing a sense of isolation that actually enhances the hieratic quality of the objects. Such paternal image explicitly comments on traditional religious iconography that embodies filial love around the Madonna figure. Going beyond ...   Read More