Granada, Spain, 1979.
Granada, Spain, 1979.
José Guerrero lives and works between Madrid and Rome. Educated in technical architecture, he works in the field of photography. The formal questions his work focuses on is the expression of human action in urban spaces, examining the ever-growing expansion of cities, and the temporary circles these processes leave like sediments in the environment. His work revolves around the representation of the landscape through image and our perception towards it. Structuring itself into a thematical series of geographic environments that hold icongraphic resonance. Despite the singularity of the artist’s visual scheme, constant uncertain readings arise among Guerrero’s works, so that finally they suggest a kind of neutral space, without identity, impossible to associate with certainity to any form of geographical context. In a formal aspect, Guerrero is interested in the syntax of the photographic medium itself, and in the construction of polyptychs and portfolios; highlighting the thin line that distinguishes between the documenting and abstract nature of photography.
In 2005 Guerrero received the ‘Joven Autor Andaluz’ scholarship from Caja San Fernando for the development of his project ‘Efímeros’. Guerrero received numerous awards and scholarships throughout the beginning of his career such as, Beca Cajasol (2005), Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña (2006), Purificación García (2008), Generaciones (2008), Iniciarte (2007 and 2010)and awarded artist in residence at the college of Spain in Paris in 2008.
In 2010 Guerrero won the First Prize in ‘Imagine the Memory of Andalusia’, at the Andalusian Studies Centre. His work has also been published in ‘Andalusian Art of the 21st century’ edited by Iván de la Torre Amerighi. Guerrero’s work has been shown extensively, in national and international museums and institutions such as Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (Seville), Matadero and Tabacalera(Madrid), University library of Bratislavia (Slovakia), Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (Madrid) and Círculo de Bellas Artes. Much of Guerrero’s work has been developed in Spain and the United States, and is part of various public and private collections between the two countries. Highlights including the Amon Carter Museum (Texas) and the Center for Creative Photography (Arizona).
In 2011 Guerrero received the XIV Manuel Rivera Scholarship for developing a project in collaboration with Mark Klett, a North American artist and lecturer at the University of Phoenix, Arizona. This work relates back to places previously photographed by Guerrero, places of isolation and desertion such as the Southeast of Andalusia in correspondence with the surroundings of Arizona. Guerrero’s work is a constant reference to previously completed photographs that reverberate in more recent works. Bringing together a series of trips in 2002 (‘California’), with works from 2006-2007 (‘Desértica’), ‘To Come Back’, 2011-2012, and ‘New York’ 2014. The result of this research has been exhibited at the Centro de Arte de Alcobendas (Madrid) in 2015, in a solo exhibition titled ‘After The Rainbow’.
Moving to Italy in 2015 to become resident artist at the Academy of Spain in Rome, Guerrero developed the series ‘ROMA’. ‘ROMA’ was included in the ‘Art Situacions 2015-2016’ project, curated by Lorena Martínez de Corral, Vicente Todolí and Ilaria Gianni,and was exhibited at the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Villa Croce Genova and Matadero Madrid. In 2017 Guerrero won the IX Pilar Citoler Prize.
His work is represented in important collections such as Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Center for Creative Photography, Arizona, Mirabaud Collection, Fundación MAPFRE, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Arizona State University, Colección DKV, Colección Los Bragales, Nueva Colección Pilar Citoler, Colección Centro de Arte de Alcobendas.