Eduardo Soriano’s works are critically related to ethnographic and anthropological photography, as practiced at the end of the 19th century as a tool to record savage or exotic cultures assumed doomed to extinction. In a series of exchanges and collaborations with indigenous communities from the Amazon and Pacific jungles and with craftsmen from different regions, Eduardo has gained access to craft methods using natural materials such as for example basket weaving. Many of these practices have become more or less obsolete within these communities themselves, but, by proposing a series of encounters in which one form of narration influences and responds to another, Soriano engages a convergence of disciplines, materials and ideas from diverse sources, establishing a new equilibrium.
Enabling an exchange of knowledges and disciplines, this work creates the conditions for an encounter without hierarchies, in which the observer and the observed merge in a mutual exercise of learning about each other’s forces, while updating individual and collective memories. The objects participating in this exhibition are made with sharded photographs instead of natural threads, transcending the boundaries between anthropology and art, of photography as a document or mere witness, to finally realize that photography, too, is the other.