Almudena Romero

The Pigment Change

Divided into four chapters, The Pigment Change includes image-objects and photographic experiences that look beyond sustainable resources and practices to explore questions on our relationship to nature and on production and reproduction in the context of the ongoing climate crisis. This body of work analyses perspectives on causing existence and subsequent dynamics of exploitation, accumulation, and legacy, which are central to the current environmental collapse and the art industry too.

The chapters The Act of Producing and Family Album use photographic processes occurring in plants such as  photobleaching and photosynthesis. In The Act of Producing prints are made by the bleaching action of sunlight on the chlorophyll pigments of a plant leaf. The pigments are bleached to various degrees rendering a photographic print on a monochrome green scale. The process doesn’t require any additional chemistry or inks. Each leaf’s unique chemistry renders a print with different tonalities and contrast, making the hands pictured on the leaf sometimes more visible and other times more imperceptible, also referencing the often-invisible feminine labour that goes into growing families and gardens.

Family Album photosynthesis-based living cress prints, bring a reflection on the notions of filiation, documentation, continuity, property, legacy and heritage. This continuous flux of works-in-progress and works-in-decay proposes a sustainable scenario where a lasting materiality of photography is the one that decomposes in a short cycle, where art is primarily meant to be experienced rather than possessed, and where immaterial assets such as collective reflection and shared knowledge are valued over individual gain.

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Almudena Romero uses sustainable materials and processes to explore questions on our relationship to nature.  She creates art that grows, fossilizes, and disappears; ephemeral photographs that emerge and evolve into nature in a cyclical loop.  The fragility of these artworks embeds a comprehension of photography as a performative process serving reflection and self-expression.