NUTOPIA

Moya Denia, Ivan (2019) NUTOPIA. [Artefact]

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Abstract

NUTOPIA is a series of photo-collages presenting an alternative utopian society (CCCN – The Coalition of Confederate City-states of Nutopia). The futuristic and surrealist playful narrative, that draws its first inspiration from 20th Century’s architectural movements, connects with my intrinsic need to escape the crude reality; and therefore aims to offer that to other viewers too. A chance to escape the too-long list of the ultra-nationalist, anti-humanist, racist, misogynist and homophobic extremists/extremisms present in our day-to-day reality: Brexit, Trump, Abascal, Bolsonaro, Le Pen, Duterte, Modi, Orban,… A chance to engage with that escapism via the crossover between fiction and reality, from mere visual aesthetic enjoyment to a deeper connection with the further political and conceptual elements.

Each image has been assembled by taking elements from photos of buildings, landscapes and ordinary objects found in urban spaces. All the elements used in the project come from over 100 unique photos that have been taken using both digital and film cameras in different cities/locations across 11 countries. This supports the conscious aim to include an underlying notion of multiculturalism and transnationalism to this imagined society. A playful mass-tourism element intends to push back into the realm of reality. In order to provide a strong urban and cultural landscape for Nutopia I have investigated key architectural and political movements, visual utopian/dystopian narratives and explored the study of perspective, having been particularly influential: science fiction novels such as Thomas More’s Utopia or the dystopian We by Yevgeny Zamyatin; the Surrealist Manifesto and artists such as René Magritte; graphic artists and Master of the Impossible Escher and the perspective and composition of The Città Ideale Urbino.

The series was submitted to The 12th Pollux Awards (The Photography Gala Awards) Fine Art Photography Category, and received an Honorable Mention. The International Competition was juried by Philip Brookman - Consulting Curator, National Gallery of Art, Washington. In the 12th edition of the Pollux Awards, a total of 682 photographers from 67 countries submitted 4,220 photographs. Three of the submitted images will be included in a group exhibition that will take place on May 2019 from the 8th to the 25th, Gallery Valid Foto, Barcelona.

Venue Details

  1. 12th Pollux Awards
    • Location: Gallery Valid Foto, Barcelona,
    • Dates: 08-25 May 2019

Item Type: Artefact
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design
Item ID: 26231
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Depositing User: Ivan Moya Denia
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2019 11:03
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2019 17:03
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/26231

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