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date: 12 December 2019

Molina-Pantin, Luislocked

(b Geneva, May 12, 1969).
  • Lisa Blackmore

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(b Geneva, May 12, 1969).

Venezuelan multimedia artist and photographer of Swiss birth. Molina-Pantin received his BFA from Concordia University in Montreal in 1994 and his MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1997. His mostly photographic work turns on a critical and ironic exploration of landscape, political iconographies, global commodities, and socio-economic crises.

Molina-Pantin mainly uses straight photography (that is, without digital montage), while also addressing meta-photographic concerns, such as the relationship between photography and the archive, technologies of display, and the visual culture of consumerism. Through Tourist possessions (1995), EuroDisney landscapes (1995), and Apocalyptic Landscapes (1996), to the later series Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (2006–2007), his work hinged on the production and consumption of iconic capitals and tourist spots. In such works, Molina-Pantin often knowingly assumed the role of a tourist photographer whose experience of place is rooted in the desire to collect scenographic vistas of sites such as the Eiffel Tower or St Mark’s Square in Venice, thus dialoging with standard tropes from the history of photography. In other series he has engaged the landscape on more explicitly geopolitical and critical terms, presenting cartographic and border views in ...

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