INFRAMUNDO / HYDRA
Absentia - Laura Barrón
Hand Made Book
Size: 20 X 28.5 cm
Number of pages: 7 books of 32 pages each
Printed in inkjet and laser printers in different papers
Bound by hand
Delivery time 2-3 weeks
Absentia is a project that narrates a returning journey to my home country after being an immigrant in Canada for more than a decade. The photo-book is composed by seven booklets. Each book evokes my experience of navigating seven cities: Cali, Buenos Aires, Quito, Lima, Havana, La Paz and Mexico City. To convey these ideas I used my travel journals and chose different kind of paper, experimenting with different printing processes.
This work becomes also a reconstruction of my own territory and it explores issues of cultural identity. By connecting memory and territory and presence Absentia also talks about nostalgia, longing and loss.
Laura Barrón is a photo-and video-based artist and arts educator. She holds a MFA in visual arts from York University and BFA in visual arts from the National School of Plastic Arts (ENAP-UNAM) in Mexico. Since 1996 her work has been exhibited and published internationally. She has taught photography in several institutions, including the University of Morelos (UAEM) in Mexico and OCAD University in Toronto. Laura’s work belongs to several public and private collections and has been awarded and extensively supported by FONCA-CONACULTA Mexico, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Laura’s work explores the meanings of landscape. Through the examination of territory, geography and cartography she seeks to create relationships between memory, place and presence. Laura emigrated from Mexico to Canada in 2003. She currently lives between Toronto and Mexico City. She is part of the National System of Art Creators in Mexico (SNCA).