A minimum amount of truth is necessary to justify the communication of any kind of information. To tell the truth is often very difficult and even when a lie is told by omission of certain information can result in an accusation of being guilty of hiding the truth.
Additionally, manipulation can be defined as the act of representing something false as real, a negative as positive, a degradation as beneficial.
In every society there is a general need to achieve both economic and political power and when these two forces come together to rule the State, manipulation is implemented to turn people into subjects, potential voters or consumers. Some of the political and commercial strategies are very familiar with this strategy of manipulation and are constantly focused on supplying society with enough sensuality to keep the citizens´ animal sensitivity alive. The most well known form of manipulation is lie.
Current society would not exist if people did not have reciprocal trust. Manipulated language can be received with confidence and good faith and eventually people may be guided not by the truth, but by the manipulator´s intentions. Therefore, each of these manipulations is a lie servicing the social realm.
The picture of the world that is constantly being shown to us has nothing to do with reality because the truth about every single event is buried under a mountain of lies. This system has reached extraordinary success at creating a dissuasion from the menace of democracy and what is really interesting is that this has been achieved under the banner of “freedom”.
“From all illusions the most dangerous one consists in thinking that there is only one reality”
My artwork takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues, often referencing what surrounds me or draws my attention.
I make images that present views of contemporary life exclusive to the present moment; the result of modern, social and global concerns. My interest here focuses on the average human being’s experience and interaction with power in everyday life. I strive to create a visual manifestation of an internal resistance against these restraints, and the resulting work forms a muted acknowledgement of its existence. The image is the centre of my work. It is not, however, an icon. It is rather a depiction that is constantly filtered through my own experience and personal view of the world, and repeatedly called into question as a material and emotional entity, as both presence and memory.
The medium I use is photography and I develop my projects using digital techniques.
My projects reflect a concern with the progressive construction of social reality by the media, discernible not only in the increasing importance of the image, but also in the gradual incorporation of the “simulated world” into different realms of daily life, such as politics and culture. The critical realism of my work is generated from these reflections and I achieve it by transforming them into metaphors.
Each project primarily consists of a range of different images that are grouped around specific themes and meanings. During research and production, new areas of interest arise and lead me to my next body of work.
Francisco Reina (Sevilla 1979, Spain) is a spanish photographer settled in The Hague.
He is represented as an artist by AJG Gallery in Sevilla and Cokkie Snoei in Rotterdam. He has been selected for the Lex van Rosen Award (Noorderlicht Gallery in Groningen 2011) an for the book NEW Dutch Photography Talent 2012 between others. He has also worked in Madrid with Fernando Maquieira for "El Prado Museum", "Fundación Mapfre" and in The Netherlands for Provincie Gelderland for the Book "Nieuwe Landgoederen-In woord en beeld" and his work has been featured in magazines such as GUP, CaCao Mag and SQUIRE (Russia).
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