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El vigilante de la Nieve. Robés' photographs about Antonio Gamoneda's poems

Alicante 17 January 2017

Translated by María Navarro Martínez


El vigilante de la nieve (the snow-watcher) is one of the most emblematic poetry works by Antonio Gamoneda, winner of Miguel de Cervantes Prize in 2006. This work includes eleven fragments which belong to Libro del frío (published by Ediciones Siruela in 1992).

José Antonio Robés has created a photographic collection dedicated solely to El vigilante de la nieve. Both authors wanted to share their work and blend their indivitual creations which revolved around the same core concept.

Robés' photographs on El vigilante de la nieve instil serenity; we can hear the silence within them, the whisper of Gamoneda's verses. It is a conceptual (almost minimalist) work where sensations and feelings shine through a pure black and white photograph which is developed in the traditional way.

It is not set on a specific place or a defined time: it is a dream, a spiritual state, a breeze of air. Robés has been working on this creation with extreme care for years, and he has created a series of eleven balanced, purist images that relate to one another, as well as to the poetic work.

The fusion of Robés' photographs and Gamoneda's words gives rise to a deep work in which photography and poetry complement each other and also project a global yet nuanced vision of these two artistic expressions.


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