Artist’s experience, Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistas (catalogue), 2003
Esteban Pastorino Diaz is mainly interested in questioning the characteristics of the photographic medium. The technique becomes a tool of expression and conceptual intention. He wants to use his photographs to give an account of the fluctuating aspects of time, space and light. Anxious to conserve a trace of the passage of time, he seeks to capture the duration and the dilatation that it generates. With the aid of special optical mechanisms, which he produces or employs himself (wide-angle, panoramic), the artist seeks to enlarge the perception of space by multiplying the viewpoints. The different techniques employed blur the horizon, making the perspective disappear or, yet again, transform the reality and allow him to create images that are impossible to see with the naked eye. His landscapes and urban spaces are in opposition to the frozen aspect of the image. Through his experimentations, Esteban Pastorino Diaz produces vibrations and reveals a remarkable extension to the photographic act.
Esteban Pastorino Diaz has accomplished a project that fits in with the geographic characteristics of Skopelos. His primary interest was to give the inhabitants a new vision of their island. Because of the island's cartography and elevations, the artist created a piece of equipment that enabled him to take aerial photographs. He adapted a remote control system for his camera, which he attached to a 4m2 kite capable of carrying it to an altitude of between 15 and 120 metres. The process of random creation makes the camera a full component of the work. The photographs are tied in with the fact that the photographer's view is absent from them, and to the predominance of the material and the process used. Although this project starts by being essentially both technical and a play activity, it also refers to a truly aesthetic research. The photographs reflect a vision of things in miniature. We are led to believe that the landscapes are only copies, produced in the form of models. This loss of reference points leads the viewer towards imaginary spaces where it is the photograph alone that constitutes the reference to the reality.
His period of residence was an enriching social and professional experience. The special photographic device used by the artist allowed him to enter into a relationship with the inhabitants of Skopelos ; his final objective is to show them the photographs first of all. During the exhibition, Esteban Pastorino Diaz wishes to demonstrate the idea of duel perception : a perception of the reality/fiction and a global, local perception. His work, and that of the other residents, will be presented in the summer of 2003 in the exhibition space of the Centre of Photography in Skopelos and in other Greek cultural centres.