Matter, 2013-2021
Matter, 2013-2021 Aleix Plademunt

Notes for an Eye Fire exhibition views. Photo: Miquel Coll

Aleix Plademunt’s artistic practice is rooted in photography and publishing. He is a harvester of images with a thirst for observing, discovering, questioning, understanding, and establishing unexpected connections between all that inhabits our planet and beyond.

His projects unpack constellations of images that put carefully composed photographs into relation with one another to generate new dimensions of meaning.

On display are 18 photographs from a larger ongoing project of the same title. The images captured by Plademunt are ontological contemplations of human culture, its origins and evolution, and its relationship to the universe, to the earth, to matter. Accompanying the photographic installation is a sheet with footnotes that give insight as to why the artist chose to photograph these very specific subjects. Matter takes us on a journey that begins with the static noise of an analogue television set caused by cosmic background radiation dating from the Big Bang and ends with a sunset in Hostalric, the artist’s birthplace.

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Aleix Plademunt
Aleix Plademunt
Aleix Plademunt
Aleix Plademunt
Aleix Plademunt

Photos: Latitudes and Hiuwai Chu

About Aleix Plademunt

Aleix Plademunt

Aleix Plademunt’s artistic practice is rooted in photography and publishing. Driven by a thirst for observing, discovering, questioning and understanding, he collects images while forging unexpected connections between all that inhabits our planet and beyond. Each of his projects unpacks a constellation of images that juxtapose carefully composed, stand-alone photographs to generate new dimensions of meaning. His long-term, research-based projects are replete with philosophical questioning that explores issues of time and distance and examines how photography conditions the way we see, as well as making enquiries into decolonial and non-anthropocentric perspectives. In Iberia (2019) Plademunt penetrates the Amazonian rainforest with a series of 117 stark black-and-white photographs, which are confronted with two additional images: an ancient sculpture of a horseman and a bust of Máximo Rodriguez, the Asturian rubber tree hunter who arrived in 1903 to exploit the indigenous land, thus giving the region its colonial name, Iberia.

Aleix Plademunt studied photography at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Terrassa (2004), and the Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Mexico (2004). In 2015 he was awarded a Visual Arts Grant from the Fundación Botín. He has had recent solo shows at the Galerie Olivier Waltman, Paris (2021), and the Centro de Arte Alcobendas, Madrid (2016). In 2022 he will have a solo exhibition at the Sala Canal de Isabel II, Madrid. Plademunt is also a cofounder of the publishing platform Ca l’Isidret. aleixplademunt.com

Iberia, Aleix Plademunt
Detail of Iberia, by Aleix Plademunt
Iberia, Aleix Plademunt
Detail of Iberia, by Aleix Plademunt
Detail of Iberia, by Aleix Plademunt
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