Daniel Diaz Trigo

"Poseer Para Non Esquecer"

Poseer Para Non Esquecer

The title of the project which won the Prémio Galicia de Fotografía Contemporánea em 2013, referes to Daniel Díaz Trigo's work and provides some hints that help understand ihs field of work. The project is a subjective trip to the author's personal and everyday life micro cosmos, as well as a journey in a small territory, Terra Chá (Lugo). The day the jury met, there was a clear difference in the conception of photography and the diversity the training of the components, which made it unanimously clear what was the selected project, the one which met the necessary requirements for an award of this level. The call was answered by authors from 10 countries, with high quality projects, so it was complicated to the jury to finally select Antonio López Losada, Daniel Díaz Trigo and Jose Rodriguez Romay, as the three finalists. In the case of Díaz Trigo, the Prize acknowledges his long career as an artist, both in photography, and in painting or illustration, widely known for its particular traits, which has already borne fruit in several publications and participation in various exhibitions. With the appointment of Daniel to the Premio Galícia de Fotografía Contemporánea, a circle is closed. In fact, 31 years ago, a Lugo man, Benito Losada, initiated a project called Outono Fotográfico, and today, another Lugo man begins another one, which along with the festival, is initiated with the intention to last long. Posesións para un esquecemento is a project in which Díaz Trigo has worked for over seven years. In it the he mixes the weight of documentary implicit since the birth of photography, with the plasticity and conceptuality this means has acquired by appropriating the great arts. The project aims at giving emphasis to a harmonic conjunction between collective and intimate memory, a leisure stroll through memories and oblivion, but also through their territory, congregated in a few kilometers. The author presents the results of his perseverance in the compilation of memories, which he materializes in photographic form so that they do not suffer from abandonment in his personal memory and in maximum, in collective and institutional ones. (...) Regarding shape, there coexist in the project photographs in the purest documentary style, whose plastic aspect evokes other times, with large panoramic photomontages, with others in which design and painting blend, and where reality is not depicted, because it never existed, but that claim to enter the memory of the viewer to form part of the personal documentary background, and ultimately, of memory. Díaz Trigo' work, is full of "voices that are not heard, of silences that no longer recall" as the author himself said at the exhibition inauguration. It is divided into four chapters that work meaningful spaces and map Terra Chá. Thus, throughout “O Campo”, “A Colonización”, “As Torres de Arneiro” and “O Manicomio”, the recent history of the Lugo district will be unwinding, so that one can follow the historical events Europe has undergone in the last century, in an intimate way to the point of photographing a very close space, which also speaks of personal and family history.

Daniel Diaz Trigo

Daniel Díaz Trigo, was born in 1971, Lugo (Galiza), Spain. He graduated in Fine Arts in Salamanca University. He coordinates his professional activity as teacher in Plastic and Visual Education with research in photographic language. He builds visual fictions in order to study the interpretation of collective memory in its immediate context. In the 1995 edition he was awarded in the contest of Direção Geral de Juventude; a few months later he won the 1st prize of the Contest «Lugo urbano, Lugo rural»; he worked other aspects of photography, as demonstrated in his presentation “En Tránsito”, which toured diverse Galician halls and that became a book with the title" En Tránsito", edited with a grant from Comunidad de Castilla y León, part of the collection “Campo de Agramante” He also published his project "Mondoñedo y otras histórias" (Mondoñedo, Galicia, 2006). In 2013 he received the Premio Galicia de Fotografía Contemporánea.

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