INFRAMUNDO / HYDRA
Oscurana - Antoine D'Agata
Shortlisted for the PRIX DU LIVRE Les Rencontres d'Arles 2019
Shortlisted for the PHotoEspaña Premio al mejor libro de fotografía del año, 2019
Size: 17.5 x 23 x 1 cm
Number of pages: 68
Inkjet and laser printing
Bound by hand: Japanese binding
OSCURANA presents a body of work born from different journeys made by Antoine d'Agata over the course of 30+ years in Brazil, Peru, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guatemala, Haiti, Puerto Rico, the United States, Cuba and Mexico.
As part of the editorial project OSCURANA, INFRAMUNDO presents this book that offers a look at the work of Antoine d’Agata.
The images flow throughout the book, taking us from pain, loneliness, and desolation to desire, passion, death and the fragile line that unites and divides us. The gaze of the author always remains right on the border between conscience and immersion in darkness, sensuality and pain.
The book constructs a narrative in which photographs merge with materials, in which papers, like the one called Revolucion or the delicate Mantequilla paper, intermix with the crude texture of Kraft and other interesting papers found in Mexico.
Oscurana was inkjet and laser printed on 7 different Mexican papers and bound by hand. This makes this book a unique piece in which the materials an printing make it an tactile and special object that goes from the rawness of some papers to the most delicate ones, in coherence to the narrative of the book.
Born in Marseilles, Antoine d'Agata left France in 1983 and remained overseas for the next ten years. Finding himself in New York in 1990, he pursued an interest in photography by taking courses at the International Center of Photography, where his teachers included Larry Clark and Nan Goldin.
During his time in New York , in 1991-92, d'Agata worked as an intern in the editorial department of Magnum, but despite his experiences and training in the US, after his return to France in 1993 he took a four-year break from photography. His first books of photographs, De Mala Muerte and Mala Noche, were published in 1998, and the following year Galerie Vu began distributing his work. In 2001 he published Hometown, and won the Niépce Prize for young photographers. He continued to publish regularly: Vortex and Insomnia appeared in 2003, accompanying his exhibition 1001 Nuits, which opened in Paris in September; Stigma was published in 2004, and Manifeste in 2005.
In 2004 d'Agata joined Magnum Photos and in the same year, shot his first short film, Le Ventre du Monde (The World's Belly); this experiment led to his long feature film Aka Ana, shot in 2006 in Tokyo.
Since 2005 Antoine d'Agata has had no settled place of residence but has worked around the world.