What Is Not Seen

What Is Not Seen. Studium and punctum in Telefonica´s Contemporary Photography Collection (and from Roland Barthes´ Camera Lucida)

October 16 2015 - January 6 2016

Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil MACG. Mexico

In the conjunction of What Is Not Seen, embraced by a selection of master works of contemporary photography and by exquisite pieces from Telefonica´s historical heritage, which visit Mexico for the first time, and by the reflections about this media shared by the semiotician Roland Barthes in his posthumous writings (Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography, 1980), we find an exploration of simultaneity of signs. One of these is specifically focused on the essence of the portrait and the urban landscape: on the complex, and even difficult, present-day relationship man-city. Or parallel to this approach –stressed by the acknowledgment of the studium and the punctum, elements which arrange the photographic material within the Bartheian atlas- the observation of the visual phenomena which traces simultaneity of perception on the subjective condition, everyday life and the melancholy circumstance. Not in yesterday, but absolutely present.

The exhibition is curated by Guillermo Santamarina and includes works by the following artists:

Hannah Collins Philip-Lorca Dicorcia Willie Doherty Stan Douglas Manel Esclusa
Joan Fontcuberta Paul Graham Mona Hatoum Candida Höfer Sabine Hornig
Sherrie Levine Esko Männikko Jorge Molder Gabriel Orozco Aitor Ortiz
Gonzalo Puch Miguel Rio Branco Thomas Ruff Jörg Sasse Andres Serrano
Cindy Sherman Montserrat Soto Thomas Struth Wolfgang Tillmans Salla Tykkä