MARIO ZAMORA - STATE OF MATTER / MATTER OF STATE“Man is now in the position of being able to provide some balance to Nature” *
State of Matter / Matter of State is a photographic approach to the permanent conflict among the human being and its environment. To the war between the natural and artificial forces. To the disintegration of corporate power’s image.
The four classical elements now face the world’s largest corporations. Production methods transform these resources into industrial goods, and contaminate the air, water and land. In so doing, they have a profound and damaging impact on the planet.
This project takes more than 200 corporate responsibility reports from petrochemical to agri-food, manufacturing, and pharmaceutical companies, invading their pages with images of the natural elements taken around the world— from active volcanoes in South America to large waterfalls in Iceland. These are interrupted, in turn, by portraits of the top leaders of these corporations. The images are subjected to processes of erosion, with an almost scientific methodology, by those very same elements.
Man and Nature are, via this methodology, assembled in a journey through the life and death cycle, creating a feedback loop — the nature of consumption, and the consumption of Nature.
BIOMario Zamora first discovered the possibilities of Photography during his Cinema Studies in Anadölu University (Turkey) and started to exhibit his first works made in Asia there. After finishing his education at the Polytechnic University of Valencia in 2012 he began to study at the Blank Paper school. He worked as a freelance photographer for newspapers and book companies until 2015, when he published his first book, To The Moon and Back. Zamora became a Photography Professor in Valencia, while he started his second long-term project, State of Matter / Matter of State, which has been developed as an exhibition, documentary, workshop and performance.
Zamora understands the image as a political tool and his works are studies of the formal and aesthetic limits of the image. He is focused on power structures and the relationships we establish, from them, with Nature.