elPalomar | Psyché


“That I to thee some joyous jests may show in gentle gloze, And frankly feed thy bended eares with passing pleasant prose: So that thou daine in seemly sort this wanton booke to view, That is set out and garnisht fine, with written phrases new. I will declare how one by hap his humane figure lost, And how in brutish formed shape, his loathed life he tost. And how he was in course of time from such a state unfold, Who eftsoone turn’d to pristine shape his lot unlucky told.”
Introduction of Apuleyo in the golden ass.

Palomar team introduces PSYCHÉ, a project by Miquel Gil (Barcelona, 1988) photographer and graphic designer, that from a subjective point of view explores the post-romantic maniechism “Love-death”. Psyché is the desire for life but also for death. The product of the synergy between the “eros” and “thanatos”, the search for pleasure and the desire of trascend through sex and love.

Using the “camera lucida” by Roland Barthes as a guide, the set -of more than 60 images taken in the last 6 years-, offers a reflection of the relationship between photography and the ideas of memory, time and loss. Psyché is the story of two abductions, the psychic abduction that suposes every picture, and the story of the image snatched by his own body.

Using the Tractatus of Wittgenstein, the golden ass, and a tracklist – from the opera of Kurt Weill to Amy Winehouse- PSYCHÉ developes a tale that goes from the “camera obstura” to the “dark rooms”,from the clubhouses to the hospitals and the fleeting extasy of a kiss or the incredulity after a beating.
The exhibit is composed by the following series: “1.Die Welt”, “woman”, “it’s a man’s world”, “I’ll be your mirror”, “Die ballade von der sexuellen hörigkeit”, “Love is a losing game”, “The bed is too big without you”, “Downtown”, “In this world”, “Death is more perfect than life”, “Last Song”, “7. Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber mu. man schweigen”

Understanding the value of photography as a documentary and the current use of postphotographic context, the images are reproduced in the direct evolution of cibacrome- an extinct photographic system that allows and extraordinary chromatic reproduction by using dye-based inks, to ensure the longevity of the image. “What will be lost with that photograph which discolours, fades, and will someday be thrown out, if not by me-too superstitious for that-by someone else, or when I die?”
Roland Barthes, The camera lucida.

  • Miquel Gil
  • Equipo Palomar
  • El Palomar
  • 16/11/13-6/12/13