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The Plot


Hogar Collection
362 Grand Street, 718-388-5022
October 27 - December 4, 2006
Reception: Saturday, October 28, 6 - 8 PM
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The Plot is an exhibition of new black and white and color photographs by Pablo Abuliak and Mariano Farinaccio. Enveloped with notions of secret plans, stories and even pieces of land, The Plot careens between narrative, non-narrative, planned and unplanned storytelling. In the works, scenes and subjects seem to exist in their own world where their “everyday” scenarios/situations are isolated from the clutter of the normal “everything else world”. Pushing this idea further, the scenes are actually ordinary random and unknown situations that in a way seem to be unarguably thoughtful and planned scenarios. This play invokes a certain sense of mystery that allows the photographs to teeter on the edge where clarity, definition and perspective become lost. With an uncertain present, a past that is virtually unknown and no knowledge of it’s future, the works invent a place where the images can become self-referential and defining of their own terms.

In one way, Pablo Abuliak’s new black and white photographs seem to be crafted and well planned out scenes, and in another, they feel as if they are captured random/”real” anthropological and journalistic records. His work explores ideas of capturing ordinary “humanistic” moments of anonymous lives that are unfamiliar on a personal level with the viewer. Doing this removes the subjects, forging new meanings and contexts of mysterious scenarios, events and places that seem to have no ending, no beginning and whose outcomes also lie in the unknown. This process, in a sense, preserves the photographic record of the subject and as well, that of the photographer’s ghost-like ability to remain hidden, allowing for a truly sociological journey.

Using ideas of randomness, Mariano Farinaccio brings a somewhat dizzying and sobering meditation on the non-obvious and the obvious in his most recent series of color prints. Using for his subjects things and environments that are around, the photographs represent bits and pieces of the outside world and magnify their mundaneness. The images tell, in a purely pictorial way, a history of something that occurred at a previous moment in time. In most cases they are traces of ephemeral everyday actions that portray a sense of something or someone’s existence. The subjects become the residue of that existence which is no longer in the scene and whose present status is also unknown. His works convey a certain air of mystery and lightness, that like the wind, flows and wisps away surely and carelessly.
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