In a country marked in so many ways by colour, the photographs invite us to think of the surface as both seductive and as an illusion. They suggest emotions and anxieties as much as the presence of historical, political and representational undercurrents that traverse the context in which the photographs are made."
is part of a selection of books available from proto~ that coincides with Sean O’Toole’s research exhibition Photo book! Photo-book! Photobook! at A4 Arts Foundation, from February 11 to April 29, 2022.
26.6 x 22.1 cm | softcover
Juan Orrantia makes photographic works that think through the subjectivities of perception, history, and the representational function of the image. In this, he explores different modes of interacting with colour, interventions and the photobook. Juan has been awarded a Smithsonian Artist Fellowship and the Tierney Fellowship in Photography, and has exhibited internationally. He holds an MFA in Photography from Hartford Art School’s international limited residency programme and a doctorate in visual anthropology. Juan was born and raised in Colombia and is based in South Africa. The maquette for was awarded the 2019 Fiebre Dummy Award.