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“Kyoto” by Maria Guerberof

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“My project “Kyoto” is a testament of my sensory experience — purely personal, intuitive, imperfect —and connected with a remote past of my existence centuries ago.

The images recall magical circumstances, mirrored repetitions and infinite time.

As if Jorge Luis Borges had shaped this landscape and asked me in a dream to immortalise it.

As a foreigner, I can only imagine Japan’s past from others’ stories, yet I feel a strong magical connection to Kyoto. I read stories on every ancient wall, in their aged marks and weathered imperfections. Tree roots breaking the pavement with brute strength, emerging from deep underground. Green vegetative surfaces that live and die and grow again. Transformations constant and slow, details of the past made present as nature overtakes modern urbanisation.

While editing this project, I realised that Kyoto can be only experienced intuitively, not via logic. I feel the constant secret battle of millennia behind each step.”

Maria Guerberof

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Maria Guerberof

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Originally from Argentina, Buenos Aires, Maria has a background in philosophy and creative photography. Based permanently in the UK, her work as a cinematographer includes short dramas, music video clips, promos, documentaries and dance art films. Maria’s work as a photographer was nominated in 2018 for the KG± Award at Kyotographie Festival for her solo exhibition:”Buenos Aires 2001: a culture under siege” exhibited at Voice Gallery / Matsuo Megumi in Kyoto, Japan.

Maria, is currently directing personal projects, designing her photography books and exhibiting her work in Paris, London and Japan.

“My photographic practice is all about gesture: making magical truths visible to others by means beyond the intellect. Photography has always been a mystical experience for me: strange situations and wonderful people appear, inexplicable things happen to me and my camera. It is a constant search that keeps surprising me every day.

At the moment, I am particularly interested in the textures and haptic qualities of image”

Maria Guerberof

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“The Cave” by Uma

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“The Cave is a collection of my polaroids from 2017 to the present.

The cave was named after a friend who was dead.

I said to him many times, “The savage has returned to the cave.”

Until now my concept of existence has been blurred again.

We should all roll the dice once if we could.

“In my ideal world, it would be a simple thing. Every young man of twenty-one should be put to the test. They should go to a hospital and roll the dice once. One of the six sides of a die is dead. If they had thrown it exactly that way, they should have died painlessly. No awkward situation, no beast of cruelty, innocent bystanders will not be hurt. It’s just a throw of the dice at the hospital.”

“It must be good for improving the war situation.”

“Do you really think so?”

“It’s obvious.”

“Are you sure?”

“If you can.”

                        From my friend Mo Chuanqi “

Uma

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Uma

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“After I left the army, I started taking pictures. When you start taking nude photos, people will always ask: why do you do this, but my answer is always: why can’t I do this?

I still don’t know how to describe my photos. I just want them to be free.

In my mind, freedom has always been an imaginary existence. This is a truth even my late elementary school classmate knows, a week before his death the teacher once promised him: “you get your homework done, and you’re free.” He smiled and said, “there is no real freedom.” A week later, he drowned while playing.

This truth, my good friend Mo Chuanqi he also knows. But he had gone to a freer place, and he had left me a poem. He is a savage, Nemo, and a toilet. I always said to him, “go back to the cave.” The poem ends, of course, with the savage finally rolling the dice and then following the water back to the cave, his own cave.

That’s where my title comes from.

I don’t know when to start, I lost my “feeling”, I always laughing and Shouting with a loud voice, but I don’t have any feelings, even when I was on the bus feeling “self” emerged from ears, looked at his stand on the bus, standing watch that I made the decision to choose, I just looked on live, in the end I call it “incompetent”. Based on this phenomenon, I have conceived many possibilities for the essence of existence. But no matter how close to the truth, I still can’t change the fact that I’m “too calm” most of the time.

I have to hope for the day when I “wake up”.”

Uma

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