We are what we observe. With every look we give a name to things and as we absorb them through our eyes they sculpt us from within. The product of such reciprocal contemplation results in the perpetual stratification of graphic registers. A vast visual archaeological site that invites observers to overlay the view of their predecessors with their own vision in a meticulous and obstinate activity called rephotography .
Photogravure forms part of the first attempts to develop what would later be called photography. Nicéphore Niépce was its pioneer in 1826 and William Henry Fox Talbot registered the first patent for the technique in 1872. All forms of photographic reproduction in newspapers and magazines, including today's offset, have their origins in those early efforts. Today's digital technologies make it possible to revisit this technique to give digital images a beautiful and enduring physical presence.
The work of Àngels Ribé (Barcelona, 1943) is essential for an understanding of contemporary conceptual art as part of its international panorama. We consider her to be a pioneer whose work extends from photography to performance, from installation to sculpture. She has a constant sense of space, shape, and an understanding of the world through her own body. The role of photography has been of great importance in the development of her work, used as a witness and the main register of her actions and performances, and also as an instrument of her gaze, silently capturing the setting's imperceptible details, or methodically registering her walk, her body, space and the shapes surrounding her, to reveal a grammar of fragility of fleeting moments in the face of the "masculine hierarchy of perpetuity"