the otherness is an exercise recently found in Occident. Rafael Blando’s
work operates as a permanent and unfinished register of the different
social, economic and cultural versions that have been adopted by the
actual human being around the world.
These images have been mainly
elaborated in big urbanities and touristic places, proposing to see
farther away from the masks and the costumes of the subjects.Such in those cities and touristic places, it tends in one place, to exoticise the endemic and on the other hand, to homogenize the recreation with the intention to seduce the traveler. This practice, highly rooted, designs specific roles for the locals and the traveler thus making difficult a sincere and real interaction between the individuals; creating random and apathetic encounters.
Images shown here are and attempt to recover that honesty and substance defining the individual above the different socio-cultural veils; they are an open window that, if we allow, will take us to remember, question and recognize, in the shapes of the others, who we are by looking sincerely deep in the photographs.
Alfrezo Esparza, April 2011.