Statement

My artistic practice owes a great deal to the work of the French writer Georges Perec, whose fragmentary and often absurd projects offer a methodology for the study of the infraordinary, the term he coined to describe the nothingness that comprises the bulk of our lives. Perec highlighted the complexity of micro-events and banal spaces, exposing the partiality and selectivity of our attention and making us question why we grant significance to certain things while overlooking others. His writings provide a fitting analogy for documentary images, which give a realistic impression of the world while also connoting a subjective vision. I am interested in exploring the relationship between landscape and state of mind through sequences of images that capture the social values located in the urban environment but that also reflect my thoughts and desires.

Bio

Arturo Soto was born in 1981 in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. He has published the photobooks In the Heat (2018) and A Certain Logic of Expectations (forthcoming). He holds a PhD in Fine Art from the University of Oxford, an MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and an MA in Art History from University College London. He curated the exhibition Foreign Correspondence at the Architectural Association and took part in the first edition of Forecast Platform at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

His work has been exhibited internationally and has been featured in Granta, ASX, Paper Journal, Phases, Punto de Fuga, Formagramma, Places, PhotoBook Journal, FotoRoom, among others. It has also been included in the books Primal Sight, Imaginaria, and the Subjective Atlas of Mexico.

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