Joaquin Zaragoza focuses opposites in local environments.
Joaquin Zaragoza
Joaquin Zaragoza

The photograph is not what you first think of if you know Joaquin Zaragoza’s art practice. But if you think about it, the photograph is a prime medium for the very diligent and prolific artist and curator.

Joaquin has lived in Denmark since 1996. He qualified as a sculptor in Spain from 1991-96 and as a visual artist from the Jutland Art Academy in 2006. Throughout his practice Joaquin is working with socially oriented projects and concepts, for example socializing, prejudices and identity. His starting point is often found in local communities or geographic areas where there are social discrepancies. It can be residential areas, ghetto neighbourhoods, urban renewal projects, and cultural projects or as in this series, where he through his works comments and focus on the situation at the border between Spain and Morocco in the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in North Africa. Small areas of land that displays the current border problems between Europe and Africa. At the moment, the social tensions between Europe and refugees from the Arab civil war areas are very clear, but the area has always been characterized by quivering tension between the local smuggling business (alcohol, drugs, tobacco) and the authorities, although they for long periods live in tacit tolerance.

"I am very preoccupied with the structure of social tension in bound areas such as residential areas or as here in a relatively small area of land "explains Joaquin Zaragoza. "This area, I am particularly preoccupied with because I have kept an eye on the area over the last 30 years. Back then, the 13 km long border was merely marked by a path trampled by the Spanish border soldiers. Now there is a double barbed wire fence, and it does not exactly signal openness, dialogue and cooperation "

Joaquin often work with involvement in his projects, so that the audience is part of the project.

"Joaquin’s pictures insist you take a stand and relate to the content" says Vilhelm Halgreen, Galleri Grundstof. "It somehow does that you come closer to the picture, at least you can not just ignore it. Joaquin want us to participate in his works, and he wants the same for his photographs. It is so cool”.

The photo series is in itself an on-going project, and new works are continuously added in the series.

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Red balloon and thistles
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The border
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Inflatable boat
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Gulls over the Mediterranean
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Blooming agave
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North West border.
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Fence, watchtower, gazebo
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"My forever"
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"I miss you"
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Bunker
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"Free hugs"
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Believe, obey, fight
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Plastic bags caught by southern EU-fence
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Far away from home (Mohamed Djomaa)
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"Do not come to Denmark" (Rodi Ahmed)
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The boys
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Water bottle
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Paradise
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The greenhouse
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Melons
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Workplace
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Hideout
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Joaquin Zaragoza

The photograph is not what you first think of if you know Joaquin Zaragoza’s art practice. But if you think about it, the photograph is a prime medium for the very diligent and prolific artist and curator.

Joaquin has lived in Denmark since 1996. He qualified as a sculptor in Spain from 1991-96 and as a visual artist from the Jutland Art Academy in 2006. Throughout his practice Joaquin is working with socially oriented projects and concepts, for example socializing, prejudices and identity. His starting point is often found in local communities or geographic areas where there are social discrepancies. It can be residential areas, ghetto neighbourhoods, urban renewal projects, and cultural projects or as in this series, where he through his works comments and focus on the situation at the border between Spain and Morocco in the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in North Africa. Small areas of land that displays the current border problems between Europe and Africa. At the moment, the social tensions between Europe and refugees from the Arab civil war areas are very clear, but the area has always been characterized by quivering tension between the local smuggling business (alcohol, drugs, tobacco) and the authorities, although they for long periods live in tacit tolerance.

"I am very preoccupied with the structure of social tension in bound areas such as residential areas or as here in a relatively small area of land "explains Joaquin Zaragoza. "This area, I am particularly preoccupied with because I have kept an eye on the area over the last 30 years. Back then, the 13 km long border was merely marked by a path trampled by the Spanish border soldiers. Now there is a double barbed wire fence, and it does not exactly signal openness, dialogue and cooperation "

Joaquin often work with involvement in his projects, so that the audience is part of the project.

"Joaquin’s pictures insist you take a stand and relate to the content" says Vilhelm Halgreen, Galleri Grundstof. "It somehow does that you come closer to the picture, at least you can not just ignore it. Joaquin want us to participate in his works, and he wants the same for his photographs. It is so cool”.

The photo series is in itself an on-going project, and new works are continuously added in the series.

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