+April 24, 2019
Patricia Lagarde is an experienced Mexican photographer that explores diverse techniques with different materials as methods of expression, such as artist books, installations, photographic displays, boxes, projections, images and moving images. Her work always rotates around memory and its construction, making each object she creates a symbol.
Most of her photography work revolves around themes about historical events; they might be fiction made of one particular event that Patricia brought into attention. In one of her books, she imagines the setting in which Gregory Samsa (in Kafka’s known book “Metamorphosis”) unfolds. She questions his bedroom, the decorating objects and she creates her own imaginary world for this character.
Patricia has a weakness for antique techniques, not only because of the poetics in them but because she believes that the XIX century was an important moment in photography. She mostly explores photography with wet plates, making ambrotypes to conceive her images. Her fascination in ordinary objects and the categorization of these can take us through touching journeys built of memory and nostalgia. The recollection of these objects takes them out of their context and giving them their own value- a higher value. The objects no longer become anonymous, they are now part of a new narrative that is given by each individual. Patricia creates small treasures that is a unique that is unable to reproduce itself exactly. Categorization, segmentation and the record of objects are constants in her work, the same as the relationships that are established between the object and the subject that looks, suggesting an evident cultural baggage within.
Patricia has a number of artist books. Her handmade books have a nostalgic look and mostly explore personal collections, insects, voyages made by explorers, and things she has found on various trips outside Mexico. Her artist books depict small details, somehow like a cabinet of curiosities. She said in the past that she likes to feel photography in other spaces rather than hung on a wall, so she began researching photography on different techniques including illustration and engraving, this is what led her to create these magical artist books.
Her photography composition depicts fictional stories and characters. It seems that she is fascinated by miniature objects and with those she creates her narrative. She is also mesmerized by natural history, hence the persisting theme throughout her work. Patricia states that for her the medium in which each piece stands is as important as the piece itself, and that every work has to have its own narrative.