Place: Santiago de Chile
Publisher: Ediciones La Visita
Size: 12 x 16 cm (approx.)
Softcover, deisgn by Gustavo Navarrete, signed.
"There are travelers that wander the world looking for new places, adventures, encounters. There are those who do not need to go through kilometers to undertake an imaginary trip. There are also people who were born and grew up moving: nomads that collect new locations, cultures, places, and different languages. Apátrida is all of this: it is the feeling of a “lost homeland“ that the photographer Tomás Quiroga describes with images in continuous motion, taken from his daily life. Quiroga, the son of a Chilean and a Spanish, was born in London in 1985. Since when he was a child, due to his father’s job, he lived in constant motion, passing trough the UK, Uruguay, Chile, Venezuela, Spain…. The passion for music and design arose in him. The interest for photography starts almost as a game, when he finds an old reflex that belonged to his grandfather. Without realizing it, photography becomes his favorite tool to talk about himself with sincerity, to discover himself and to reflect about his life. Quiroga made a series of pictures under the title Apátrida. A selection of these pictures was recently published by Ediciones La Visita (Chile) in the collection about contemporary photography “El Rectángulo”. Images in black and white show daily life through landscapes in transit, signs, perceptions, gestures, portraits, places. A fissure in the wall reminds us of an injury or a map; a woman portrait emerges from the darkness; birds fly in a too white sky; footprints stand out in the snow in a narrow alley. The chilean photographer creates a personal narrative where the emotion of the memories collects like in a travel diary and is complemented by family treasures such as photographies with notes in the back, reminiscent of past habits. It is not important to have traveled many kilometers to recognize yourself and be moved in front of these photos. The journey that Quiroga suggests is without any doubts physical and geographical, but at the same time it has an intimate, personal dimension, that the observer is invited to identify himself with. What does “patria” (homeland) means for Tomas Quiroga? “According to dictionaries, “patria” is a place, a culture, a society that one belongs to. I have felt to be part of many homelands, so this definition for me can mean all or nothing.” “Apatrida” doesn’t have a political meaning; it represents this feeling “to be part of “and “to be uprooted from”: it is a continuous journey, a memory, fragments that the spectator can be part of." (Anna Acquistapace)