Aware of the tension, I am drawn to the crisis where the contemporary photographic document is found. The paradigm has shifted from reporting narratives to the study of footprints. Photography has found – in the study of the sequel – its spot as a contemporary code. Given the impossibility to continue understanding the world through the traditional photographic document, I’m attracted to new documentary alternatives that circumvent the metanarratives of the 20th century. Through observation and photographic categorization of sites and landmarks, I bring up spatial tension in relation to different historical and political dynamics. My photographic discourse is located in the intersection of identity, territory and historiography.
The practice of Pedro Barbáchano (born in Madrid, 1996) is based on the photographic documentary tradition and engages with colonialism, archaeology, identity and social issues in Egypt. He was the youngest artist to exhibit at the biannual photography festival SCAN (Tarragona, Spain). He is a recipient Gabor Szilasi Prize in Photography and the Roloff Beny Fellowship (2020). Currently, he conducts research as a fellow of the Post Image Cluster at Milieux.