Collected short stories names an exhibition and a book. Daniel Blaufuks has always used both means of presenting work a lot: during the last 13 years he has had sixteen individual exhibitions and written 13 catalogue books.

To suggest a story with two images is in fact to use the shortest model of sequential suggestion. In these ten small stories, their potential environment is provided by the relationship that is established between the first and second images based on: space and personality, gaze and perspective, analogical geometric rhythms of the sections of image, interior and exterior in the city, partial view and pan, transparency and colour, textile and body, dark and artificial lighting.


To these tensions are added a few recurrences: the very focussed lighting of objects or parts of people in dark contexts; the variation between the instantaneous and the studied pose; the isolation of characters in which a bodily or facial expression is underlined; the duality of fixed places with its simultaneous quality of passage; black, white and reddish tones; actions and waiting; a nostalgic wave associated to the condition of travel; the pictorial value of that which could be in our imprecise memory, clouds in the romantic painting, an undone bed in the baroque painting, an out of focus woman in Richter, or a swimming pool in Hopper is an intra-textual value that interferes with the strong photographic value they also have.


The mutilation (bleeding hand holding a razor, ceramic hand without one of the fingers, fencing sword), the cloths (bed, sofa), the walls and the glass, the sky (clouds, airplane, tower, atmosphere through the windows or bars) cross the set beyond each story. Hidden behind binoculars, the artist watches the places of his and our fictional unrest.

At the top of a ladder it is possible to reach the projection of a small story on the pages of an open book: from within it, from a tea cup made to shake by the hand that holds it, appears the sound made extensile to the whole exhibition and to the synaesthesias in which the blur or the effects of the passing of an airplane fit.



Leonor Nazaré