Saturday, 16 April 2011

Up & Coming: Pablo Lopez Luz

The main concern behind my work is the reinterpretation of an artistic apporach through the concept of the ¨landscape¨.
For the last five years, I have been photographing the urban landscape of Mexico City and other major cities in Mexico, as well as different nature scenarios around the country, approaching these places through an aesthetic deeply rooted in the historic tradition of painting and photography.
My intention is to re-interpret the classical notion of the mexican landscape (present throughout the pictorical history of Mexican art), through a contemporary viewpoint, brought about by the presence of human beings and the relationship to their surroundings.
This series of images include photographs from Mexico City and Acapulco. The work focuses on the manipulated or the constructed landscape of cities.
Although there are a number of ways in which the work can be read or interpreted, my main interest is to portray the effect that overpopulation followed by a lack of structure or guidelines lay in the development of cities, hence alters the city´s terrain and land.
Leaving aside the ‘always present’ social implications of the work, my main drive with this project is to capture how the absolute modification of space that these landscapes suffer, and the historical emergence of a completely new landscape; a social landscape that remains animated, is always expanding and in constant change.

Pablo Lopez Luz was born in Mexico City in 1979 and studied at the Universidad Iberoamericana. Subsequently he completed a MA at the University of New York. In 2004, he was awarded with the Velazquez Grant from Madrid, Spain. In 2010 he was the winner of the IILA Photography Award, an artists in residency grant that took place in Rome, Italy.
His work has been included in many national and international exhibitions in countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Russia, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Japan and the USA. His work is part of the prestigious collection Anna Gamazo de Abello. He is represented by Rose Gallery in Los Angeles, California.
Recently Editorial RM published a book on his work which presents a compilation of images that mean to study the landscape across Mexican cities. To view more of his work please visit