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Photographs by Iosu Uriz
« Tan cerca y tan distante. A solo 14 kilometros de europa se encuentra Marruecos, un pais sorprendente. Desde las nieves del Atlas a las dunas del Sahara, pasando por espectaculares oasis, descubrimos un pais de contrastes de la mano de la fotografia de Iosu Uriz. Culturalmente distinto, entraremos en sus comidas y especias, olores y musicas, todo ello presidido por el sonido de la llamada a la oracion desde la mezquita. En suma, Marruecos, un placer para los sentidos. »
(Text written for Iosu Uriz’ exhibitions,
Spain, Basque country, oct.2009
Iosu Uriz is a versatile artist: he has been writing poems and stories for as far as he can remember. He likes to narrate them and to illustrate them in his photographs. In Pamplona, in Spain, this autumn one could see 14 photos of his accompanied with 14 poems by his brother.
A cook for over twenty years, his cookery, like his photography, is open to a melting pot of cultures: Thai, French, African but before all, Basque.
He has written articles and he has covered stories and photographs for the press for many years: sports news or political life for the Basque country, his native country. He establishes a difference between his personal photos and the ones of his commissioned reports, even if these bear his mark and reveal the man. He covers stories on tourism too, like he did recently in Ireland. He settled down in Essaouira for a while to dedicate himself to photography and to prepare future exhibitions. During the summer 2009, the gallery L’Arbre Bleu showed some of his compositions.
Cookery, like Art, whether painting or photography, is a quest for texture and colours. Iosu Uriz works mainly on colours and light; he concentrates on texture, reaching for a graphic and abstract representation. He wants his photos to get to the root of things; he concentrates on the tiniest detail, the one which reveals a greater truth. The very essence of the great lies in the smallest.
As in cookery, everything relies on pace, texture, matter. His compositions dance in front of our eyes and light up our perception of the world; they are life itself: warm and moist, fragmented or absolute, memories and sensations experienced or dreamed of. Morocco reveals itself in the grain of a fishing net, in the wave of material floating in the sky, in the detail of a tree leaf or of a sculpture.
Africa permeates his photographs; from Gambia to the Ivory Coast, from Senegal to Burkina, from Mali to Morocco and on to Essaouira today. His basic principle is to offer different pictures from those found on post cards or from those passed on by television which shows unhealthy pictures of war and violence. Africa is made of colours, of a joy of life, of smiles and laughter.
His eyes and his companion’s eyes – Amelia- crease into a smile; they are very welcoming whenever you meet them in Essaouira.
“Alice’s Looking Glass is also the tale of a journey. Night, fire, geometry in Architecture, reflections, water, are some of my own obsessions that I follow and that follow me. They have shaped up a moving personal journey which started in cold and dark Scotland. After a little stopover in the Basque country and in Majorca, the itinerary ends in the warm and bright South of Morocco: the exact opposite of its starting point! You are very welcome in this journey.”
Iosu Uriz and Amelia Gonzales
Iosu Uriz will hold an exhibition of his photographs in Essaouira,
in Dar Souiri, from March 29th till 10th April 2010.
Tel: +212 645 357 288 - firstname.lastname@example.org