Paisaje Acción by Jorge Villacorta
presence of the human shape standing against the horizon on landscape images was
initially a convention in painting and later, during the XIX century, in
photography.We can frequently find
one or more individuals or a mountain range. It is clear that for every
photographer these presences represent scale indicators, elements which help the
observer who has never been in these parts before, or who had never dreamnt with
their existence, to be aware of the extension of the landscape and, more often
of how unmeasurable Nature can be.
Chionmang's photographic proposal (Luis Chiang Chang-Way, Lima, 1970) is rich is decidedly heterodox notes and it partly reminds us of visual information building devices and it could be seen as a reductio ad absurdum statement.
His proposal is
also photographically linked to the
records that documented performances
and body art from the 60s and 70s during which artists were looking for
radical actions and chose the ephimerous, using their bodies as a means
for creation. However, the difference lies in the fact that Chionmang places
himself on the scene before the photographic device and builds
his own image in an anonymous pose.
in which he is recorded in the space is always variable and thus
dimensions become ambiguous, hence they are not a dependable marking: he can
profile himself against prairies,
skies, trees and mountains that would seem to become an open window and the
surroundings, a backstage. So the
box and its inhabitant would almost
become an allegory, the representation of the inclusion of human into natural,
the reinsertion -reconciliation?- by mere artifice.
nudity is an unexpected interference is no longer a perfectly neutral scale
indicator. Here, another clue is revealed. Little by little the expectator
realizes that Chionmang has not
chosen simple places but locations
to be photographed. Thus there is
no natural landscape versus urban space. In his scenery, the approximation to
the space, as it is recorded gives away his position: every place is built by
The box is not an anonymous space. It disappears as a container and reappears as content. Chionmang´s body is the device that performs. His lens verifies his presence on location and ties him to the world.
Jorge Villacorta Chávez.