"Our memories are constantly transformed and diluted. Memory loses its codes, it is modified and recreated. Oblivion pounces on our memory; and lucidity, which springs like lightning, is quick to fade away.
Sometimes, our memories are altered and we question the truthfulness of images, which are the material proof of our lives. Thus, we hold on to memories which we cherish more than images because we consider them to be the remains of our experiences. But the mind plays with them, and memories fade in themselves. Are we left with images? With memories?
In Blessed Sacrament
, I wanted to illustrate, to explain, and to understand the loss of memory due to Alzheimer’s and dementia. In this case, it is my parents and ancestors that I speak of. Through photographs, negatives, and my own reminiscences, I have attempted to recreate their memories as an excuse to anchor my own memory against the swooping whirlwind of oblivion."
Agustín Zuluaga (Medellín, Colombia, 1960) is an architect with a master's degree in landscape design, a photographer and a teacher. His work focuses on the deconstruction and reconstruction of the memory, the reality articulated through the images. He uses his own or external images, which are the raw material to be reprocessed, enhanced, fractured, screened and intervened through different means. His works explore the fragile areas of matter giving space to the immaterial. The point of migration of his works emerges from the observation of the surrounding reality and his inner reality, an unbreakable and constant dialogue.
Photography, design and editing: Agustín Zuluaga Olarte
Self-published, June 2016
Hardcover with slipcase
17,5 x 25 cm
Edition of 30 handmade, numbered and signed copies