Juan Orrantia makes photographic works concerned with questions of representation, perception and history. Embracing photography’s uncertainty and contingency, through color, the manipulation of archival images or the photobook form,...
Is this tomorrow (2018). Collaborative project with Zahara Gómez and Mauricio Palos. Taking its name from the 1947 anticommunist American comic book, this book brings together different strands of effects of the Cold War in Latin America. The main approach is the idea of the archive as a site of intervention. We conceive as archive old documents, books, photographs and monuments. Our main thread is a counterinsurgency manual from the School of the Americas which we then intervene with juxtapositions of archival/historical photographs, manipulated images, fragments of interviews from relatives and people involved in disappearances in Argentina and Mexico, former FARC guerrillas and sites of battles in Colombia, Guatemalan archives, and forensic landscapes.
Shorlisted Arles, Les Recontres de la Photograhie, Prix Photo Text, 2019
21.5 x 28 cms Risograph printing on newsprint, two inks. Edition of 100 Self Published.