Born in Uruguay in 1983, Andrés Boero Madrid is a filmmaker and visual artist whose work has been presented in different spaces in Montevideo, such as the National Visual Arts Museum, Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo, Centro Cultural España and Centro de Fotografía (CDF), as well as cultural centers in other parts of the country, such as museums Lacán Guazú and Maeso. His film “El olor de aquel lugar” (The Scent of that Place), from 2013, won the Best National Short Film award at the 30th Uruguayan International Film Festival and participated in several festivals in Cuba, Switzerland and the United States. He graduated as Director of Photography from the International Film and Television School in San Antonio de los Baños, (Cuba). Currently, he works as Director of Photography in different Latin American audiovisual projects.
Landscape is the starting point and source of inspiration for my work, where the creative process becomes more relevant that the final outcome. In this context, I explore the transitory nature of human beings, observing the transformations in culture and nature in the place where I reside: a river mouth.
This journey through the territory results in an encounter with materials: mud, wood and their mutation through elements, such as water, air and fire. Photography is my mother tongue and it is through photography that I explore and experiment in languages such as video, installation and painting.
Ancestry and geography are rooted deeply, appearing like traces from the past in photographic archives, found objects and oral memory. The presence of disappeared indigenous cultures motivated my search, and in this movement, I propose a reading of the current landscape in relation to that absence.
In my early work, I approached the landscape through others, using documentary records to approach people and their activities related to the territories. Currently, this movement is being reversed, which results in a direct experience, without any intermediaries. This deconstruction allows me to recognize the place I transit and position myself in a new perspective.
Andrés Boero Madrid