VEA, SUEÑA! (See, Dream!) is a series of work I shot and created while living in Cali, Colombia for a few months in the spring of 2018. The title is an homage to the 1972 documentary film Oiga, Vea! (Hear, See!) by the provocative Colombian filmmakers Carlos Mayolo and Luis Ospina, a subversive jab at the 1972 Pan-American Games being held in Cali, and features their cinema verite illustration of the effects of dropping the world into a city struggling to survive. While the compositions in Vea, Suena have no overt political messages, I reference Mayolo and Ospina because the work here - particularly in the 4 Bogota compositions - is much more cinematic than any other work I’ve done to this point (except of course my film work).
Underneath some of the compositions I created slideshows with “stills” I pulled from the compositions. After looking closely at the magnified scans I discovered that the close-up crops I was looking at conveyed weird unwritten stories within the larger composition. This was a real revelation because one of the reasons I make these compositions from transparency film is because I love the idea of making a larger story out of single frames of film. However with a lot of the compositions, I never delved very deep into the frame. I’m always so concerned with the composition as a complete picture - what the entire thing looks like on the wall when it’s enlarged - that I often don’t note what’s happening deep inside the scans. And the type of scan I do really brings out those details because I scan my film compositions at such a high dpi.
In many places the blurred movement of the people and vehicles not only activates our eyes, but it stimulates curiosity in the same way vintage photographs do. We are presented with kinetic frames of life when we look closely at the magnified sections of the compositions, which become esoteric and more vivid in the overlapped sections. To me, both the compositions and the “still frames” evoke
Years ago I discovered that one of the best things about making these compositions with this small transparency film was what I saw when I scanned it at super high resolution, basically put it under a microscope and see what type of images formed once the glue dried. Electron microscope type imaging, high resolution imaging picked up all the dust and glue and even the refraction of light in the glue.