Sebastian Mejia (geboren 1982 in Lima, Peru, lebt in Santiago, Chile) studierte an der School of Visual Arts in New York. Seit dem Beginn seiner Künstlerkarriere arbeitet er mit analoger Fotografie und entwickelte dabei einen Stil, der sowohl absolut präzise in seinem Blick und seiner technischen Ausführung ist, als auch vielfältig und flexibel in seiner konzeptuellen Herangehensweise. Mejia ist Fotograf und Konzeptkünstler, der sich in seiner Arbeit genauso gewandt auf die Geschichte der Fotografie wie auf die Geschichte der Konzeptkunst bezieht.

Seine Werke wurden bereits in den bekanntesten Institutionen Chiles ausgestellt, sowie in Peru, Argentinien, und den USA. Vertreten durch renommierte internationale Galerien waren seine Fotografien auf zahlreichen Messen vertreten, darunter Paris Photo, Lima Photo, und Basel Photo. “Piedras” ist seine erste Einzelausstellung in der Schweiz.

 

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Sebastian Mejia (born 1982 in Lima, Peru, lives in Santiago, Chile) studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Exclusively working with analog photography from early on, Mejia has developed a body of work that is both absolutely precise in his vision and technical skill as well as diverse and flexible in its conceptual approach. As much photographer as contemporary artist, he deftly draws from the history of photography and conceptual art history alike.    

 

Mejia has exhibited widely in Chile, as well as in Peru, Argentina, and the United States. Backed by several international galleries, his work has been presented at fairs like Paris Photo, Lima Photo, and Basel Photo. “Piedras” is his first solo exhibition in Switzerland.

 

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00:04 WOULD YOU CALL YOURSELF A PERUVIAN, A COLOMBIAN, A CHILEAN, A LATIN AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER, OR NEITHER?

01:06 ARE THERE DIFFERENCES IN THE TOPICS AND AESTHETICS OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN THESE COUNTRIES?

02:37 IS SOMETHING LOST IN THE GLOBALIZATION OF PHOTOGRAPHY?

03:37 YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS RARELY GIVE HINTS TO THE ACTUAL PLACE, LIKE THE CITY OF SANTIAGO. ARE YOU LOOKING FOR THE UNIVERSAL IMAGE OF A CITY?

04:33 WHILE WALKING THROUGH THE STREETS OF SANTIAGO, HOW MUCH DO YOU INTERVENE AS PHOTOGRAPHER IN YOUR ENVIRONMENT?

05:42 DO YOU RE-INTRODUCE YOUR FRAGMENTS OF THE CITY INTO THE CITIY’S CONTEXT?

07:05 HOW DO YOU DEFINE “DOCUMENTARY” AND WOULD YOU CALL YOURSELF A “DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER”?

08:53 DESPITE ITS UNIVERSALISM, IS YOUR WORK AN HOMAGE TO SANTIAGO?

10:31 MUST PHOTOGRAPHY BE CRITICAL?

11:25 CAN PHOTOGRAPHY BE CRITICAL IF IT IS NOT “ART PHOTOGRAPHY”?

12:46 YOUR SERIES “PORTRAITS” DOES NOT DEPICT ANY PEOPLE. WHAT IS A PORTRAIT FOR YOU, AND HOW DOES IT APPLY TO THIS SERIES?

14:28 DO YOU ALWAYS WORK IN SERIES AND WHY?

15:48 WHAT IS THE IDEAL PRESENTATION FORMAT FOR YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS?

17:45 WHO ARE YOUR ARTISTIC INFLUENCES, BOTH LATIN AMERICAN AND INTERNATIONAL?

24:58 HOW DO YOU TRANSLATE PHOTOGRAPHIC STRATEGIES, FOR EXAMPLE FROM THE US IN THE 1960S AND 70S, TO CHILE IN 2016?

28:54 IS YOUR WORK RECEIVED DIFFERENTLY IN THE US THAN IN CHILE?

30:14 YOUR WAY OF TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS LIKE A FLANEUR, IS IT LIKE A “SCHOOL OF SEEING”?

31:56 WHAT DO YOU TEACH IN YOUR CLASSES?

35:36 WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE AND WHERE DID YOU LEARN TO USE IT?

39:30 IS PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT READILY AVAILABLE IN CHILE?