November is Month of Photography in Paris and I was thinking of submitting this photo for an exhibition. But I was hesitant. Is it good enough for a photo exhibition or not? So in order to help me with my dilemma I asked my friends their thoughts.
Draft title: Parking
Not long after, I received mixed comments. Some were “FOR”. Some said “Hmmm… you have better photos…” .
I explained that in a Photo Exhibition, the entries are usually strange, sometimes weird, the meaning goes very deep, the relevance is not obvious. And there is usually an element of mystery.
The next day, I went to the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris and saw this display of bricks on a bicycle. So I went back to my friends and said:
The title of the work: “Clay bricks, Metal bicycle”
Now, now, I have been staring at the thing for what seemed to be ages but I really cannot come out with any interpretation.
So as soon as I got home I searched the FIAC site and at last, found the artist’s explanation of the art.
” Héctor Zamora was born in 1974 in Mexico. He lives and works in Sao Paulo.
The bicycle is a mode of transport that is fundamentally mechanical, inspired by a child’s first steps, and relative to the laws of movement and balance.
Here, the movement that creates balance is deceived by an ingenious device, which suspends motion in the air.
Héctor Zamora observes the astute and convenient maneuvers of workers’ activity, adds a Latin-American twist and transforms them into a portrait.
Workers, dynamics, and ideas of modular matter are recurrent motifs in the work of the Mexican artist, who discovers, in trivial, standard elements, the essence of movement.
Stacked and tenuous, the disposition of the modular red bricks destined for construction, suggest a solid edifice, nonetheless placed on an unstable vehicule, itself balanced on inflatable foundations.
Above the rubber tubes, supported by the immobile bicycle, rests the weight of a delirious composition of progress: Brazil.”
Hmmm… Now I understand. He’s right. And it takes a Brazilian to understand what he is trying to express here.
Here is another FIAC entry last year. Again, it would be very interesting to know its meaning but I leave you to find out.
A few days later, I got my “Parking” photograph enlarged and framed, ready for submission to the Art Director. And you know what? I actually find it very nice beneath the glass. Well, I’ll wait and see what happens!