Juan Manuel Blanco
+49 174 4281721
Born in Bogotá Colombia in 1988.
Behind every image, there is a world that surrounds us constantly expanding. The images created by individuals or societies are always mediated by a given communicative intention: the message itself contains their ideology, their color and their flag. Each individual creates images that distinguishes them as transmitters and that creates a relationship with a given receptor. Thus, media (drawing, painting, cinema, writing, television, advertising) presents itself as a useful tool to build up different types of relations between the space, the individuals and the ideas that coexist in a particular context. This defines specific ways of seeing and thinking.
Images can be seen as the pieces of a puzzle, one made up of diverse visual languages. This puzzle groups a set of symptoms that determines, through an editing process -whether it is pictorial, drawing, carved, digital, etc.-, what can and what cannot be seen. But each cultural environment has its own characteristics, which means that an attempt to analyze those pieces must at least try to make evident the complexity of such environments. Every image, as a result of a particular context, becomes a vestige of the human condition in a given time and place. Each image is a trace of what we once were.
My work begins with some concerns: how is image conceived, distributed and finally re-read by a given receptor? Are images ways to preserve prejudices and clichés? Images contribute to shape the environment in which we live in, with them we learn to take over our roles in society and to desire or repudiate certain behaviors, thoughts or even objects. However, the more images surround us the more hesitant is our way to approach to those desires and roles.
Most of the images I work with are prefabricated, captured for TV programmes, advertising, cinema or simple documentation: they are containers of a charge, whichever this is. I collect these images to give them a new sense through the application of different work processes or artistic media and therefore break up the gap that exists between who produces (or reproduces) them and who consumes them. This leads to a new question: are we what we see?