The new colonists
di Monica Alcazar-Duarte
On July 20, 1969, the greatest technological achievement in history was realised with an important step for mankind, when we first set foot on a celestial body. To mark Apollo’s 50th Anniversary, artist Monica Alcazar-Duarte presents, for the first time in Italy, her acclaimed work The New Colonists.
For the past five years, Alcazar-Duarte has been working on a project related to current efforts towards space exploration. The resulting body of work is divided into three chapters, two of them have been completed, with the third in development. The first two chapters are called The New Colonists and Ascension. Ascension was previously presented at Mattatoio di Roma as part of the festival Emerging Talents ‘18. The work delves into the beginning of an era of technological prodigy. It encourages us to look to the far future with eyes wide open, as there is an imperative need to resolve current legal loopholes regarding space exploration for it to proceed in a peaceful and balanced way.
The installation of the work The New Colonists includes an Augmented Reality component that works as a virtual portal that adds an extra layer to the overall narrative that is presented. Alcazar-Duarte is part of a minority of women making work that combines science and art, using cutting-edge technology which allows the audience to interact with the work.
Monica Alcazar-Duarte is a Mexican-British photographer whose work engages with the way we read and integrate images and information, at a time when information and its context changes at such a rapid pace. Monica’s work examines the relationship between context, interconnection and conclusion.
Alcazar-Duarte’s work invite viewers to participate within the ideas she presents mainly via the interactivity that her work offers. For Monica due to the times we live in, the more we embrace the non-linear and the ambiguous, the more we can understand the highly complex web of threads behind some of the issues that we face today. She invites an audience to look at what appears as disconnected, or even contradictory, with a discerning eye.
A former charity campaigner, she currently works on independent research projects and for NGOs in England and abroad. In 2017 she was winner of The Photographers’ Gallery Bar-Tur Photobook Award. Shortlisted in 2018 for Les Rencontres d’Arles “New Discovery Award”. Currently a nominator for the Joop Swart Masterclass.