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A scene from the 60s features an acclaimed and eccentric photographer in full swing during

a session with a model. He rudely directs her; however, as the woman responds to his demands and the session evolves, his comments become more intimate. 

 

He comes close to her and praises her beauty while the model lies pleased in front of the camera. Finally, the photographer ends up on top of her while he incessantly presses the shutter. Intentionally and without doubt, this particular scene in the movie “Blow Up” is seen through a viewfinder while the actors are having sexual intercourse.

 

This cult masterpiece was directed by the Italian Michelangelo Antonioni – a movie based on the short story “Las babas del diablo” (1959) by Julio Cortázar and musicalized by the great Zeppelin. It is still a cultural reference point for “mod” aesthetics, recurring to what is seen and what is not, in the limitations and subjectivities when looking, and the theory of different realities. The director proposes “using magnifiers to see things that the naked eye would not be able to capture. When enlarging certain things too much, the object disintegrates and disappears. 

 

There is a moment in which we observe reality, but that moment vanishes… this is partly the meaning of ‘Blow-up’.” (M. Antonioni).

 

Galería Azur’s first exhibition of 2023 draws a parallel with the story that inspired the film. It raises questions, represents abstractions, it encrypts messages so that, the audience is capable to interpret the ideas or abstract images by “focusing” on the necessary to “stop seeing” other things within the “curatorial line”.

Ceres González

Ceres González

Art Curator and Art Critic. GALERIA AZUR

PHYSICAL & ONLINE EXHIBITION
FEATURED ARTISTS

Olivier Petit-Helle
Elisabetta Pienti
Adegboro Blessing
Sandra Bechtold
Garbiñe F. Grande
Michel Pavin
Mariana Furtado Jacinto
Kenneth Arturo Chan
Gabriela Brito
Claudia Benavente
Anna (Banana) Fernández
Cassidy Johnson
Jose Maria Lopez Orozco Vega
Tobias Mohr
Natasha Bernardo
Mime Giraudi

 

Artworks

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blow_up

blow_up

FROM JAN 12 TO FEB 11 / 2023

CRYSTAL SILENCE

CRYSTAL SILENCE

FROM DEC 8 TO JAN 2 / 2022-2023

SUBTEXTS

SUBTEXTS

FROM NOV 21 TO DEC 12 / 2022

DREAMLAND

DREAMLAND

FROM OCT 27 TO NOV 21 / 2022

HEART BEAT

HEART BEAT

FROM: OCT 13 TO NOV 7 / 2022

EUPHORIA

EUPHORIA

FROM SEPT 8 TO OCT 3 / 2022

JUAN PINILLA. La pintura guiando al pueblo.

JUAN PINILLA. La pintura guiando al pueblo.

FROM SEPT 29 TO OCT 13

ABSTRACT DUTY

ABSTRACT DUTY

FROM: JULY 28 TO AUGUST 22

HYPNOTIC

HYPNOTIC

FROM: JULY 28 TO AUGUST 22

ANY OLD TIME

ANY OLD TIME

FROM JANUARY 13 UNTIL FEB 13 / 2022