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Artist Q&A: Ezequiel Montero Swinnen
FEELS LIKE FLYING
Ezequiel Montero Swinnen
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tell us about your new series in ArtStar, how would you describe it?
"Viento" is a series of 22 color photographs that portray a white two-seater sheet floating across the sky.
The images are stripped of spatial references, of context, and the horizon is not recognized, which generates a sense of loss of reference, of pause and suspension.
Through the work I also seek to explore the movement of color through time, since all the photos are captured moments before and after sunset.
What is the process behind the work?Your tools and process?
I have fun exploring the performance itself, going to the middle of the field and throwing the sheet with all my might and then photographing it. Sharing that moment with someone else.
It is for me a ritual act of meditation, it is very important to be fully centered since I discovered that there is a "sacred" instant, in which the sheet is neither rising nor falling; it is suspended, it is just an instant, and that is the image that interests me.
To observe how the colors of the sunset manifest themselves on this blank canvas, how they change so rapidly from one moment to the next, forces one to be permanently attentive; perception opens up, as when one is traveling in a completely new place, as when we see something for the first time. That is what I seek with my work, to look again as I looked as a child, with pure eyes of wonder, grace and innocence.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Observing small moments in which I feel with my whole body that I am witnessing something sublime.
Something very small that reflects something very deep. It usually happens to me in the middle of nature, the pampas, the countryside, the woods, watching the sky. Many times it also happens while observing some small action of a person who is performing in a state of total surrender, sweeping the floor, watching an airplane cross the sky or dancing without being aware that someone is watching.
What do you hope to achieve with your art? What do you want people to feel when they see it?
That people are captivated, that they are surprised, that for a few seconds, at least, they enter a greater state of inner silence, of greater freedom.
“I have fun exploring the performance itself, going to the middle of the field and throwing the sheet with all my might and then photographing it. There is a sacred instant, in which the sheet is neither rising nor falling — it is suspended — and that is the image that interests me."