2023 – Spain
About this series
Antiguas Estrellas Heladas, names the sound of what was and what we were: the steps, the breaths, the words before being said, the sound of someone approaching on a gravel road. When we are in front of her images, we are outside of time, which invites us to pay attention to that which does not remain and yet keeps our gaze framed in the photographic. The space of farewell is present, there is an evident rupture in the interior of each image, each portrait dialogues with a landscape or a still life and we find ourselves inside, that makes us witnesses of a common destiny: that of our disappearance and what is more painful, that of those we love the most. Photography in this case, does not document the facts, but the enigmas that are on the threshold of a girl’s gaze, in the reflection of a puddle, an old house, a tree almost beaten by the wind, but that resists, as we resist after a loss. Javier Bejarano evokes in each image a natural transition to the feeling of transience in which we move and by which each black and white image is braided in our memory. But we must not forget that in contemplation, there is also an invitation to move forward, after all life goes on and something always begins, something that offers a new space, a new opportunity from which our vision seems to want to listen better, that which is engraved in each image.
Photographer: Javier Bejarano Corchado
Based in: Gijón, Spain
Javier began his photographic career in 1995, studying photography at the Luis Buñuel Institute.
He has exhibited at the Cite Universitaire Paris, the Kunstbunker Festival in Croatia, the Affordable Art Fair in London, in Madrid Foto, Estampa and PhotoEspaña, in Madrid.
In 2018 he received the “Master of artistic photography of the Centre for Contemporary Photography of Bilbao” grant.
In addition to his photographic work, he has developed a musical career together with pianist Verónica R. Galán, under the name of Galgo. This is an instrumental project with an abstract vocation, in which an organic ambient sound and imaginary soundtracks coexist naturally. He is also an active member of the Fee Reega band and shares an audio-visual project called Monochrome with producer Oscar Mulero. He has been the co-director of the first three editions of the Audiovisual Encounter Trendelenburg in Gijón, Spain as well as the curator for Centre for Art and Industrial Creation Laboral in the same city. He has coordinated the artistic project Get Into Gardens.
At the end of 2022 he self-published his second photobook “Ancient Frozen Stars” which was chosen by the platform “Photo art books” as one of the 20 best international photobooks of the year and currently co-directs Framily, a record label as well as Mirror Festival.