Architect by profession, Spanish photographer Manuel Ibañez studied visual arts at the art school of Seville, a city he rediscovered through photography and which would become the central theme of his projects.
The Reverso exhibition brings together several series produced in recent years. These images constitute the book of a walking passer-by who observes and records his immediate environment, in which the characters appear and disappear, where anything can happen. Here, nothing is defined in advance. Everyday life becomes a mystery. The photographer then becomes the privileged witness of what is played in a fleeting way.
Under the crushing sun of Andalusian cities, he methodically records the lights and colors that frame, cut out and compose these animated scenes, and whose reality is modified.
A journey through the city, where the gaze of an artist explores the singularity of the ordinary, what happens when apparently nothing happens.
Following the economic crisis of 2010, the architect Manuel Ibañez found himself unemployed, a period which forced him to return to Seville, a city he had left several years earlier.
To pass the time and kill the boredom (sic), he enrolled in photography classes, a field hitherto unknown to him. Click. His urban outings became pretexts to make images of places, architectures, people…
As he walks, he comes to realize the value of his environment, the situations and the inexhaustible richness of the inhabitants he meets, the compositions of patterns and lines created by light.
Today, and far from turning away from the visual aspect and the composition, he now wishes to give more importance to the atmosphere and the narration.
Manuel Ibañez : Reverso
Exhibition from January 21 to March 9, 2022
Galerie Le Carré d’Art
Centre culturel Pôle Sud
1, rue de la Conterie
35131 Chartres de Bretagne