Eduardo Medici (Argentina)
EDUARDO MEDICI turns photography into a sharp instrument of inquiry of his own personal experience of his moment and place in history. Medici stresses the importance of balancing history and biography in his work. By stating that the artist was born 1949 in Buenos Aires, it will help point the viewer in the right direction for understanding one of the central questions in Medici’s work: Where do we come from? Who are we? Where do we go? The inquiring title was originally coined by Gaugin, for one of his paintings. Medici replaced painting with the photographic medium, when he was in his mid forties. Photographs that once belonged in files of a portrait studio, gone out of business, become the focus of his newer work. Entire canvas’ surfaces are covered, with either numerous portraits in their negative state and/or positive contact prints. The conclusiveness of the state of anonymity emerges. This must have been a blessing during ‘The Dirty War’ imposed by Argentina’s military between 1976 and 1984. The horrific events of the military regime at the time is known to rarely be addressed by society at large, but it has found its ways into Medici’s imagery. He has achieved what he deemed important in art, the equilibrium between history and biography.