” We start from the principle that the understanding of man comes through that of nature, not as it is, but rather as we are. By remaining attentive and observant, we can perceive both, because we are both witnesses and objects of observation. “ A C
The Spanish artists duo Albarrán Cabrera has a special relationship with nature. Source of inspiration, photographic subject or almost unreal setting, it is always, in one way or another, present in their images. A common thread in their production, trees are often seen there: the shadow of a branch, the drawing of foliage that has become abstract or even a tortuous silhouette in the center of the frame. The images alternate between a palette of vivid colours, bordering on abstraction, and more monochrome tones, evoking a certain melancholy, plunging us into timeless landscapes. The result is a dreamlike, almost surreal world, unique to the Spanish duo.
However, the tree is not the only subject of this series. For them, it is a question of exploring man's relationship with nature more broadly by also associating literature and in particular the writings of the German novelist, poet and painter Hermann Hesse to give shape to their thoughts.
A text by the author and agronomist, Yves Darricau, on the historical complicity of man with trees through the ages, now in danger, completes the book celebrating their presence in our world.
Text by: Angel Albarrán & Anna Cabrera, Herman Hesse, Yves Darricau