Demente II, 1974
Preso andandoI, 1974
"In my work, painting is photography and photography is painting". Darío Villalba was a key figure on the 1960s Spanish art scene and, very early on, adopted a painterly approach to photography. His experiments led him to work with unusual chemical materials (methacrylate and bituminous paint) as a way of making the result of his collages appear directly on his support. The destitute, the sick, the elderly, children and rent boys all feature in his public representations of human bodies; they nevertheless remain ordinary because of their physical proximity. More than the photographic limit of death that Roland Barthes considered inherent to the medium, the pathos of his figures involves the restlessness of transitional moments, of change, of the inability to contain one’s own body and those of others in the endless shifts of life, of desire and the human gaze.
Avec le soutien de Acción Cultural Española, Madrid
Courtesy by JLRoca, Courtesy by Luis Adelantado