Open Doors Gallery is Delighted to introduce you to new OD artist Juan Miguel Ramírez-Suassi
Juan is a self taught photographer who was born in Mallorca, Spain, and now lives and works in Madrid. His photographs, which at first sight appear to fit seamlessly into the great nowhere, involve many visits to the same landscape to observe the change year after year. His work occupies an ambiguous position somewhere between portraiture and social landscape. Juan has self published two brilliant series so far, both of which are represented below and you can explore more on our website. One Eyed Ulysses (2018) which is part of an ongoing trilogy and Fordlândia9 (2020).
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A brief overview of both series can be found below
One Eyed Ulysses by JM Ramirez-Suassi
Returning again and again to the same locations Juan observes the intricate changes of a place and its people over time. One Eyed Ulysses I is part of an ongoing trilogy.
“One Eyed Ulysses proposes a meandering voyage where solitude, melancholy, the encounter with death and nature in marginal settings are some of the themes that run through it. The aim of this series of photos is not to document a specific epoch, but rather to sum up human experience so that we may contemplate its images on an equal plane.” – Juan Miguel Ramirez-Suassi
Fordlândia9 by JM Ramirez-Suassi
Fordlândia is a town situated on a tributary of the Amazon river at the heart of the rain forest in Brazil. The town itself gets is name from the American industrialist Henry Ford who dreamt up the idea of founding a town there back in the 1920s as a way to bypass the British monopoly on rubber at the time. This incredibly ambitious project eventually succumbed to the elements and a variety of logistical challenges. The ruins of this capitalist utopia still exist today and have fascinated thinkers and artists ever since. Returning many times over the years, Fordlândia9 is JM Ramirez-Suassi’s meditation on this legend and the community that still inhabits this place.