Since the early 1990s, María Bleda (Castellón, 1969) and José María Rosa (Albacete, 1970) have focused their gaze on the land, exploring the possible ways that allow exploring the passing of time. This wide selection brings together five of their most significant photography projects Campos de fútbol, Campos de batalla, Memoriales, Origen and Prontuario. All of them share one of the main research themes they have developed throughout their extensive career: the construction and portrayal of landscape through history and memory, a testimony to different ways of looking and of creating a narrative.
In the artists’ words, “A Geography of Time alludes to two different ideas. The first one is tied to the landscapes that are shown, and which refer to time and history. And the second one lends an almost physical quality to the concept of time, as if it were made of fault lines, plateaus and other elements of rupture or continuity which are characteristic of the land.”
As archaeologists of the contemporary, systematically and questioning at every step the taught narrative, in their photographs Bleda y Rosa bring to the surface elements which up until now lay hidden from our view, proposing that other histories, other landscapes, are possible.
Bleda y Rosa, who were awarded with the National Photography Prize by The Ministry of Culture of Spain in 2008, are one of the most relevant contributors to Spanish contemporary photography. Their superbly crafted work critically examines images and history, the relationship between past and present, and the discourses and visions around that relationship.