LEANDRO BETANCOR FAJARDO ‘Travelling (Geoficciones)’

Artist: Leandro Betancor Fajardo

Exhibition title: Travelling (Geoficciones)
Curator: Omar-Pascual Castillo
Dates: 22.11.2013 to 02.02.2014
Place: CAAM – Los Balcones 11. Planta 3 y La Terraza. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Spain.
Produce: Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Cabildo de Gran Canaria
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 9pm. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Leandro Betancor Fajardo

We went around without looking for each other, but knowing that we went around just to find each other.
(Rayuela, Hopscotch, Julio Cortázar)

First the glimpse. Then the glimpse gives life, turned into something that illuminates the moment and may, if we’re lucky — that word again — have even further ranging consequences and meaning.
(How to write a short story, Raymond Carver)

Telling about a trip

Whenever I come back from a trip, I consider how much of the foresight, plans and conjectures that I take with myself at the start really matches what is brought back in the backpack. The voyage, as I understand it, compels to a necessary change in the routines. But its reality and delusions only find their last word in the subsequent assessment of the images recorded. It is the return to my own place that gives my taste and memory the sediment of what’s been experienced. And the story of the voyage comes out of the scrap-books (and other recording tools) to get into a comfortable area of examination and analysis.

Telling about a trip can be so moving and boring -at the same time- as telling about a wedding: you listen to the enthusiastic newlyweds while they keep turning the pages of an endless album. That is why, a long time ago, I decided to make small series of images that show the part and not the whole of the places I’ve been to. The things I might not really see but I actually recreate. The stories I’m after and the ones I actually find. And the ones I invent. Something that calls for more senses than just my own sight.

In the end, the details of visible reality aren’t only a part of experience. They also belong to memory. To memory and past inventories. Remembrances and ravings take part in the story we tell ourselves and, finally, they show that the key to the voyage is not only where, but also when. Some photos are taken, sometimes, with both eyes shut.

Leandro Betancor Fajardo
(in conversation with Alexis Ravelo)


Presentation of the exhibitions ‘Fernando Álamo. 2004-2013’, ‘Travelling (Geoficciones)’ and ‘Logbook I. Works on Paper at the CAAM Colletion’

Opening of the exhibitions ‘Fernando Álamo. 2004-2013’, ‘Travelling (Geoficciones)’ and ‘Logbook I. Works on Paper at the CAAM Colletion’

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