PRESENTATION: ISABEL BY LUCÍA PELUFFO
Thursday 20 June 2019
Ivorypress, Aviador Zorita 46-48
On June 20, Ivorypress will host the launch of Isabel, a book by Lucía Peluffo, which portrays the photographic project that the artist developed together with her niece. She will be joined by Gonzalo Golpe, member of La Troupe, independent editor and teacher, graphic production consultant with an interest in self-publishing, as well as Juanjo Justicia and Pablo Suárez, from the graphic design studio underbau, specialists in photography books.
‘Isabel has just turned six, she is my brother’s daughter. We have taken these pictures for the last three years. I write “we” because it was also Isabel who took pictures with an analogue camera like mine. She invited me to enter her world and I invited her into mine—maybe, one projecting onto the other.
The toys that belonged to my childhood are still in the same house, that never changed, where Isabel and I inhabit this third world. When children play, they animate inanimate objects, they bring them to life. I play the same game when I go into the darkroom. I take that object, which has its own history, and leave an imprint of the animation within each rayogram.
Childhood is a place that is culturally separated from adulthood; sometimes inhabited by terror, by the endurance of fears and otherness. There are borders between children and adults; borders that this work explores, questions, and puts aside. She and I, we build a world that overlays those other worlds, while both become alien and inexplicable. It is our own world that exists in a timeless present, that awakes every time it is revisited.’
Lucía Peluffo was born in Buenos Aires in 1989. She studied Industrial Design at the University of Buenos Aires. With the Isabel series, she took part in festivals such as Itinéraires des Photographes Voyageurs (France), San José Foto (Uruguay) and Voies Off in Les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles (France). She won the third prize at the Tokyo International Foto Awards (TIFA), a mention on the Publicación Felifa-Futura 2018 Award, and was a finalist for the Francisco Ayerza Photography Award, in 2016 and 2017, for the IV ArtexArte Prize and the VI AAMEC Award for Argentinean contemporary photography.