CHRISTINE CORTES

2020 BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS GRADUATE

EMPHASIS IN PHOTOGRAPHY

As a photo-based artist my work stems from working with images taken in 35mm film,  content rooted in  “documentary photography”, and theories in the deconstructivist philosophy that allows me to investigate ‘truth’, identity, and certainty through fragmentation.

 

Using photography, I am able to observe or represent versions of reality. My process translates into a physical manifestation of my concepts through the continuous layering of deconstructed images that reference themes of Madrugando as a way of life. The term Madrugando is a phrase I grew up with, coming from a Colombian background. I realized through the parallels of my identity and family structures, as well as that of Latinx communities that 'Madrugando' is a way of life. In English, 'Madrugando' translates to “Waking up early, working long, working hard”. 

 

My interests in transparencies, double exposures, reflections, and layering allow me to investigate the sentimentality of connectivity shared between humans. From there, the photographs exist as archival, skeletal vessels for me to thread parallels between my identity and that of the environment (I/we) inhabit.

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THIS HARDCOVER BOOK WILL HAVE 40 PAGES, PRINTED IN LUSTER PAPER AND WILL EXIST IN LIMITED RUNS

a page from christine cortes's book
a page from christine cortes's book

The first 5 folks who preorder the book will receive a special print included in your order.

Pre-order is $55 (BEFORE MAY 15th) 

Afterward, The book will be available for $60 (AFTER MAY 15th)

Cover of Christine Cortes's Book

I’ve been working on a new project throughout this quarantine that has manifested into something really special. As a recent college graduate, it’s become pretty difficult to deal with the transitions while assimilating to COVID. The last two months during quarantine have been hard, not having proper closure (not having a BFA Thesis Exhibition displaying my works that had undergone a year in making, or having a traditional graduation ceremony, etc.) while dealing with things financially, emotionally—- and through it, I have tried to remain focused on healing and finding joy in making.

BFA THESIS PROJECT

My intention for the BFA project was to fragment and digitize 35mm film taken in Colombia meticulously composed to translate the theory of deconstructivism within Madrugando itself.

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