Julieta Escardó is a photographer, editor and educator who graduated from the National Film School (INCAA) in Buenos Aires. For years, she has photographed for newspapers and magazines in Argentina. She has also served on the Art and Education Board of the Ministry of Education. Since 2002, Escardó has directed FELIFA; Feria de Libros de Fotos de Autor, the photobook fair in Buenos Aires and has held several editions around Latin America. She is a co-director of the publishing house La Luminosa and an editor at Sueño de La Razón. Currently, she coordinates TURMA, a platform for education and the dissemination of Latin American photography and photobooks.
Vision of art
1. Choose a work that represents you, describe it in relation to its format and materiality, its relation with time and space, its style and theme; detail its production process.
I choose Untitled 3, from the “Narraciones incompletas” (Unfinished narrations) series. I started out of a direct shot photography to which I have digitally erased certain elements and details ending up leaving just a line. The result is an image that resembles a drawing, where I look for the survival of a minimal and fundamental gesture without which the image dissapears.
2. In general terms, how would you suggest to approach your work?
Hard question. I try for my work to be less and less autobiographical. After many years of dedicating myself to professional photography, I'm currenly in the process of giving shape and meaning to my own personal work.
3. In reference to your work and your position in the national and international art fields, what tradition do you recognize yourself in? Who are your contemporary referents? What artists of previous generations are of interest to you?
I clearly recognize myself within the documentary photography movement. for that's where I’ve come from, that's what I do, although I tend to identify myself with artists -not necessarily photographers, more related to contemporary art. I like Gabriel Orozco, Jorge Macchi, Eduardo Basualdo, Tulio De Sagastizábal, and photographers Alessandra Sanguinetti, Lorca DiCorcia, Marcos López -and I could mention many others. I'd also like to share my admiration for the work of Alfredo Greco and celebrate his proposal for a living art: "the only work of art is the human being, in terms of the adventure".