Working collaboratively for close to 30 years, Angel Albarrán and Anna Cabrera create dreamlike photographs designed to trigger subjective associations correlating to the cultural background and past experiences of the viewer who will often relate images to their own personal pathways, dreams, and reminiscences. “We are our memories,” Angel and Ana say. “They define what we are and help us to understand our reality.”
The duo’s artistic practice stems from multiple cultural references in literature, painting, film, science, and philosophy, bringing together both occidental and oriental perspectives of seeing and understanding the world around us.
Through their works, they strives to visually represent complex subjects such as time and space that written language frequently complicates and obscures.
Albarrán Cabrera regard their photographs not just as images but as objects in their own right: they personally handcraft their prints using a diverse range of traditional and experimental printing techniques, including platinotype, cyanotype, and gelatin silver print processes as well as pigment printing on metallic gold leaf and smooth, satin-like Japanese gampi paper. They achieve their rich chromatic effects by toning their prints with selenium, sepia, and tea. This array of materials and methods widens the parameters of image-making and takes advantage of the expressive possibilities of photography.
The Mouth of Krishna is Albarrán Cabrera’s first solo exhibition in Portugal. The artworks selected for this exhibition present a subtle and yet striking range of visual poetics that transport viewers to a universe of enchanting places and timeless moments.
The title of the exhibition, and of the series presented in it, was extracted from a traditional tale of Hindu culture in which young Krishna, the supreme god of protection, compassion, and love, gets his mouth examined by his mother, only to reveal in it the complete endless universe. All the stars and planets; all the lands and seas; all ideas and all emotions; all pity and all hope, along with the ultimate realisation that in any part of the universe there is a whole universe.
The work of Albarrán Cabrera has been shown in galleries and photo fairs in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the United States and is held in private collections and institutions such as Hermès, Goetz Collection, Banco de Santander, Fundación de Ferrocarriles Españoles among others. They have also produced work for several institutions like Fundació La Pedrera in Barcelona, Fundació Toni Catany in Mallorca, Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid and Barcelona Photographic Archive.