the memory atlas, Judith Martinez Estrada
Judith Martinez Estrada exhibition from September 12 to October 6
A collection of images created through the rebirth of stories, biographies and objects from the past.
The works presented are an integration of collage, photomontage, photography and new graphic methods – juxtaposed to explore a hybrid between digital and analog.
Divided like the geographical coordinates of the maps of an atlas, among the exhibited works, we can find family portraits of ancestors, anonymous carte-de-visite from the 19th and 20th centuries, archaeological artefacts and foreign objects found.
Each of these objects and portraits have been transformed into a new image, to create alternative and imagined narratives.
The ‘Latest Engineers’ (2013-2018) are a series of photomontages of old portraits whose faces are hidden with antique clock work mechanisms. These compositions make it impossible to identify the portrayed by erasing their identity as individuals.
In ‘Fragmented Spectra’, archaeological artifacts and foreign objects take new forms through the ancient process of creating stills. There is an element of surprise in seeing how different materials react to light – absorbing it, reflecting it or simply tracing it. A reinvented appearance is created, one that is only awakened by the interruption of the chemical photographic process, allowing a new materialization to take place. Transforming the initial three-dimensionality of the object into a flat image, its presence becomes more symbolic than tangible and presents us with a new form of mnemonic for memory.
The reconstruction of stories (real, mythical or fictitious) is presented as a new way of listening, observing and understanding.
Judith Martinez Estrada
She lives in the Blue Mountains, a hundred kilometres from Sydney City.
Judith is a collector and visual narrator. In her work he explores theories about memory and the use of images and objects found in archives (official and personal).
In her work she borrows fragments from the past to create a new present. It displaces people from old images and creates an alternative world around them, exploring the themes of identity, emigration, nostalgia and reinvention.
Her exhibition ‘Fragmented Spectres’ (January 2018) at The Rocks Discovery Museum in Sydney was a visual study of the archaeological artifact archives of Sydney’s Old Town. His book, The Empty Jar, under the pseudonym ‘Pablo Browne’ opened the Melbourne Writers Festival in 2015.
In Australia, Judith, represented by The Lost Bear Gallery in Katoomba, is studying a Master “Philosophy in Fine Arts” at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Art and Design.