My photography is intrinsically related to myself.
“A window to my true nature, the constant unconscious necessity to immortalize my most deepest thoughts are expressed in my self- portraits. These are created as a way of exploring fears, anxieties, dreams or truths that linger in my subconscious . In other words, my work is based upon the construction of my own identity through different characters, different narratives that emerge from my mind, and from the culture and society I live in.
In my images, each element; such as symbols, scenes and signs, is conceived through a blend of research and playful experimentation, open to the challenge of spontaneous creation. The power of change that comes with “form;” the opportunity given to us by art to embody a new identity or persona whenever it is needed, is always a liberating and psychologically relieving process.
In order to create the characters in my self portraits, I design my own costumes, accessories and props, each object holding a particular meaning to me. To my view, these smaller pieces can also be seen as individual works of arts. In general, I like exhibiting my creations within the photograph as a way of finishing or completing one concept, showcasing both forms of art and combining the pieces in an installation allowing me to perform for myself.”
Julian Dura is an emerging artist and photographer. He was born in Uruguay in 1996 and is currently a student in his home country. Despite his young age, he possesses a combination of strong conceptual foundations and impressive technical chops that have won him several exhibitions and publications both in Uruguay and internationally.
Follow Julian’s carefully constructed creations here.