Washed Up : Alejandro Durán Photography

After my initial disgust at the sheer quantity of garbage littering the beaches of Sian Ka’an, Mexico’s first federally protected biosphere, I wondered what I could do with these materials and how I could alchemize this ugliness. I collected bags and bags of trash that had floated in from thirty-nine nations on five continents, which I then transformed into site-specific sculptures.




Washed Up : Alejandro Durán Photography

Mar, 2010 © Alejandro Durán Photography


With the Caribbean shores of the Yucatán peninsula as my studio, and the plastic garbage carried there by ocean currents from all parts of the globe as my material, WASHED UP is my attempt to turn trash into treasure.

After my initial disgust at the sheer quantity of garbage littering the beaches of Sian Ka’an, Mexico’s first federally protected biosphere, I wondered what I could do with these materials and how I could alchemize this ugliness. I collected bags and bags of trash that had floated in from thirty-nine nations on five continents, which I then transformed into site-specific sculptures.

Working in response to the landscape and within a highly defined color palette, I sought to create arrangements that look simultaneously natural and artificial. While inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy and Robert Smithson, WASHED UP is intended as something new that speaks to our time and its vast quantity of discarded materials.

Fuego, 2010. © Alejandro Durán Photography


Nubes, 2010 © Alejandro Durán Photography


Derrame, 2010 © Alejandro Durán Photography


Sueño de Niña, 2010 © Alejandro Durán Photography


Riachuelo, 2010 © Alejandro Durán Photography


Espuma, 2010 © Alejandro Durán Photography


Algas, 2010 © Alejandro Durán Photography


Fruta Negra, 2010 © Alejandro Durán Photography


Vena, 2010 © Alejandro Durán Photography


Rayo, 2010 © Alejandro Durán Photography


Mar, 2010 © Alejandro Durán Photography


Alejandro Durán is a photographer, filmmaker, poet and educator with roots planted in New York and Mexico. With masters degrees in education and poetry from Tufts University and the New School for Social Research, he is the founder of The Digital Project.

His photography work spans fine art, fashion, nature, and includes a portraiture series from his extensive travel throughout Latin America. His latest project is an environmental photography project in Mexico that uses garbage washed up on shore from all over the world in site-specific sculptures.

Alejandro has produced and directed videos for Columbia University and The Museum of Arts and Design. Alejandro’s poetry has won an Academy of American Poets Prize.

www.alejandroduran.com



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