A new photography exhibition at the Embassy of the Argentine Republic captures the beauty of water reflections to connect viewers with alternate worlds, cultures and countries. The exhibition “Mirages” by Mache del Campo of Buenos Aires features 10 of her metal prints that perfectly capture thought-provoking water surface reflections. Minister Federico Barttfeld of the embassy’s cultural section called her work a “journey of color, textures and reflections.”
“Water is a common theme in this series of work and is used to create an effective barrier between the multivariate worlds, a metaphor for the multi-faceted nature of life from the calm, placid surface to the agitated, complex patterns of ripples and an ever-present reminder of it as a precious, basic human need,” says Alfredo Ratinoff, the exhibition’s curator. “The use of water in connection with figures in her work emphasizes our connection to it, how we can interact with it alone in a moment of quiet reflection, as a couple sharing a moment of love and wonder, or as a group in solidarity.”
Ratinoff notes that del Campo is much different than any other photographer he has worked with. She has a wonderful dimension, the ability to capture a remembrance, to create with eye and camera using dogma, leaving the viewer to reach the conclusion, he observes.
Del Campo, who specializes in underwater photography, surface reflections and portraits, says she likes the metal prints for their reflective style and bright color, noting that even the white color assumes a metallic quality. She enjoys capturing images that bring emotion, color and textures to life. She says her goal is to create, express and question through images.
“In each image, is there only one? How divergent is the image for each viewer? Why did I choose to take these pictures? Why exhibit them? Certainly I don’t know,” she states. “I try to literally transport viewers’ minds causing them to lose their sense of space and time.”
In creating her work, del Campo says she enjoys “capturing a single image, without story, without context, that leaves the viewer with the task of interpretation. In doing this, the camera becomes the gateway to personal dimensions beyond the realism of the photographic image and carries the minds of viewers outside time and space.”
“Perhaps they are memories that I have not yet experienced… Perhaps it is the memory of past lives or the uncertainty of the future… Perhaps they are images witnessed in other dimensions and I may find again in this one… Perhaps there is a longing disquiet somehow in the spirit of the viewers, not here by chance, but because I have recreated an encounter with an old acquaintance from another lifetime or dimension,” she adds.
Del Campo’s exhibition remains open to the public by appointment through April 25, 2016. Please see the embassy website for details.