Daniel Santiago Salguero talks about his worksSaturday, February 9, 2019
My name is Daniel Santiago Salguero and I’m going to speak about three photographs that belong to the series Desilusiones. During the years when I took them I would go out to walk, in this case, in Buenos Aires and Bogotá, to randomly photograph objects and situations that are mostly imperceptible to other city-dwellers. In the editing process I liked to organize them by topic and name them in groups. Some I named, for example, Amantes perfectos [Perfect lovers]; Tensiones [Tensions]; Nuevos formatos familiares [New family formats]; Memoria en el pavimento [Memory on the pavement]. The names, as much as the contents, hinged on questions of affection, especially relationships among families and between couples. During those years I was in a solid, stable relationship and I had the romantic notion of having found the love of my life. Perhaps from there, and stealing the name of an artwork by Cuban artist Félix González-Torres, my vision emerged of a series of photos and objects called Amantes perfectos. Over time, my romantic relationship deteriorated and ended. I think the series Desilusiones serves as a metaphor for that specific feeling. Lastly, it occurs to me that these photos might also suggest another kind of disillusionment—related to failed political and social processes, for example.