She had no name, but she deserved a tribute. The intervention of Jesús García in Ocho por Tres is the dramatic but delicate story of a hen that died of grief.
Baptizing and burying are human rites, which we do not know well if we do for others or for ourselves. They remind us of our own existence and we cling to it. A funeral is, in the end, a tribute to life.
The work of young Madrilenian Jesús García retains those warm moments that we don't want to loose in memory, and thanks to analogical photography he reminds us that time can still go slow if one chooses so. To go slower, to return to the villages and create a relationship between the countryside and the city are some of the premises that takes him to be part of Espacio Matrioska in Os Blancos (Orense): a small town of about 800 inhabitants where every summer they organize exciting projects such as the Reina Loba music and handicraft festival, the mural painting competition in La Limia region or its residency program, which hosts artistic proposals that merge with the community and its context.
It is no wonder that his work is a continuous mirror of the people around him: people who sleep, people who eat, people who paint, who undress, roll a cigarette, brush their teeth. It's a Photography that, through affection, transforms intimacy into communication, and portrait-by-portrait, it reveals a silent taste for others.
Landscapes and trips are also very present in his imagery, although you can often find the human trail even when he talks about nature. This is the case of "En Orden", a series of actions documented in photographic sequences that consist in the finding of improvised garbage dumps in rural areas when there seems to be no good waste management (if it ever exists) and organize them, transforming the chaos into a striking installation that appeals to the attention of travellers. Although these are simple images and actions, its care reflects a concern to appreciate the fair value of things, including the ugliness in the beauty, the error as part of the technique, the unpredictable as part of the routine.
Jesús García studied Fine Arts at the Complutense University of Madrid and, therefore, he draws (that is a Faculty where people draw, draw and draw!). He experiments and mixes spray, transfer, watercolor, but he also illustrates with line and colored pencils. His drawings can be seen in the instagram @jota_antivisual and his analogical photographs in @jota_visual. His flicker is also a recommended walk that can be followed here: flickr.com/photos/jesusgarcia/ and self-edited photozines are easily available for people wanting to collect.
"Tribute" is not the first piece that the artist places on a billboard. He recently participated in the Festival Cultura en la Calle in Rivas Vaciamadrid, with a photograph of the sea that took the billboard completely out of context to submerge it 365 km away. He has also participated in the elaboration of several mural projects, among which is the one carried out in the Lavapiés neighborhood within the C.A.L.L.E. 2017 of the Madrid Street Art Project. He is currently immersed in the musical and scenic experimentation of the project Tanim Escenas Comunes, a collective of interdisciplinary non-hierarchical improvisation group that develops its activity in the space Vaciador 34 de Carabanchel. From Ocho por Tres we will follow his improvisation to see where he brings us!