Over the last few years, we've observed a growing interest in the materiality of photography. With her project The Pigment Change, Almudena Romero, winner of 2020's BMW Residency, uses ecological consciousness and organic matter to reflect an aesthetics of fragility, if not disappearance. In four parts: Faire une photo, Family Album, Offspring and The Act of Producing, the project ascribes a new 'artistic' use to the present, advocating for sustainability. The Pigment Change uses qualities intrinsic to plants, in particular those related to their exposure to light and particular wavelengths. The experiments result in image-objects, photographic moments exploring an expansive sense of the medium. In this, the use of plants as material challenges the notion of progress: the product of the knowledge accumulated by the flow of images.
Exhibition curator: François Cheval.
Exhibition produced by BMW Art & Culture, with support from GOBELINS, School of Visual Arts and BenQ France.
Publication: The Pigment Change, co-publication BMW Art et Culture/De l’air, des livres, 2021.