Juan Fabuel's 'Becoming Exergy' project looks at the idea of social construction when looking at landscapes. It displays the need for balance between a system and its context by turning some apparently invisible aspects into visible ones. Juan explains how the images do not intend to untangle how hidden mechanisms, which facilitate inter-connectivity or equilibrium between elements; work. Instead they try to transfer these mechanisms into the realm of the quotidian by using a notion of landscape that is always observed and developed from any given place and without neglecting, that every place entails an anthropological trace. A deep feeling of longing, repetition and reconstruction, connected to personal stories and memories, are the inception of this project. 'Becoming Exergy' forgets about narrative and focuses on dynamics.
"Staring at something, implicitly, carries the need for order and also, to a greater or lesser degree, power and action. The series of shots intends to play with our perception when it comes to looking at landscape pictures, questioning what is real, what seems real and is in fact imagined. Real landscapes that slip into an illusory territory and imagined landscapes that support reality."
Juan Fabuel (Valencia, 1976) holds a master’s degree in Media Science, a master’s degree in Cultural and Social Anthropology and a postgraduate in Photography, Video and New Media. In 2005, after working as a cultural producer and documentary film director for international companies, begun his artistic career developing his personal projects. In 2007 he relocated to New York City and attended some courses at the International Center of Photography (ICP). His projects have been shown both nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions - Descubrimientos PHotoEspaña, International Photography Contest Purificación García, Galleria delle Colonne (Parma), Galveias Palace (Lisboa), Bancaja Foundation (Valencia). In 2009 he was awarded with the Spanish Academy in Rome prize and in 2011 with the Spanish Academy in Paris prize. In 2013 he co-founded La Posta Foundation (Valencia) where he collaborated as a curator of art exhibitions until 2016. Currently he lives and works in Zürich.