Fernando Bayona (Spain)
Linares, Jaén, 1980. Lives and works between Madrid, Malaga and Granada.
Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Granada. He completed his training with a master's degree in Photography and Visual Design at the NABA University of Milan, courses and residencies at prestigious national and international centers of creation.
His works have been exhibited in several exhibition centers in Miami, New York, Buenos Aires, Brussels, Berlin, Milan, Rome, Venice, Osaka, Tunisia, Madrid, Barcelona, alencia, Bilbao, ... as well as in international fairs such as ARCO, ART MIAMI and ART BASEL.
His projects have been distinguished with nmany scholarships, among which Manuel Rivera, Iniciarte, Desencaja, VEGAP Proposals, La Térmica or BilbaoArte in Spain, Eberhard and BSI in Switzerland, KabushikiKaisha in Japan or the Magnum Agency and NABA in Italy stand out , as well as national and international awards, such as Estampa de la Comunidad de Madrid, Unicaja, Arena Foundation and SONY WorldPhotographyAwards.
His work is found in several private collections, museums and institutions such as CA2M, Unicaja or Fundación Botí in Spain, BSI Bank in Switzerland, Eberhard, FORMA (Centro Internazionale di Fotografía) and Luciano Benetton Foundation in Italy and Bayer in Germany.
In the business field, he is director of Bayona Studio, focused on the production, image and communication sector, having directed advertising campaigns such as BSI in Switzerland and Tourism of the Canary Islands Government.
He currently combines his work as a plastic artist with teaching at the University of Granada and the School of Design, the coordination of the Art Meetings of Genalguacil, the direction of the Residency and artistic production grant EmerGenT of Torremolinos, and cultural management.
what never was
WHAT NEVER WAS is one of the three series in which the Hidden Cycle project is articulated, an experimental cycle of photographic research composed of 60 images, in which photography, video, sculpture and installation are interrelated.
Hidden Cycle is inspired by the literary work The Divine Comedy, generating a free interpretation of the story created by Dante, subdivided into the series What never was, Neverafter and Strategy of equilibrium, making a kind of parallelism with Hell, Purgatory and Paradise.
At a theoretical level, it seeks to delve into the most essential aspects that constitute the psychology of the human being, an analysis of his desires, passions, fears and internal drives, and by extension, the hierarchical social system that he has created for himself, and submits it to a regime of control of the freedom of the individual. This project is a questioning of the values, norms and codes that regulate the community and reflects on the validity of authoritarian systems disguised as a welfare society, the corruption of the human being and the use of physical and mental violence of the organs of power to maintain their position.
The photographic series begins with a discovery of a passageway to the Underworld, in which several characters housed in multiple cells excavated underground. All its inhabitants are in a process of meditation or inner search, subject to punishment according to the gravity of the sins committed in life. To pay for their stay, and to redeem their pain, they must daily secrete a whitish fluid through a gland implanted under the skin. This liquid is established in a bond of union and protagonist among all the scenes of the series, given that it is the most precious element of the kingdom and the food of the Lord of the Underworld.
Those inhabitants who break this rule, or do not excrete the agreed amount, are denigrated and tortured through different methods to break their spirit. If in spite of this they persist in their efforts not to excrete the necessary amount, they are transferred to different rooms where they are tormented again until they end their lives, giving way in this way to the series Neverafter.
Whiteseeds explores the limits of representation in contemporary portrait. It delves into it by conceptualizing the image of the subjects through DNA samples and defining their characteristics embodied in the form and disposition of the fluid in the representative space.