Copy Money Copy, 2017
Fundación Botín, Santander
Photo: Adrià Julià
The first solo exhibition of the artist, born in Barcelona in 1974, is curated by Fernanda Pitta and brings together artworks based on the experiments of the inventor Hercule Florence, who settled in Brazil in the 19th century. The set of call into question the implications of the techniques of replication, printing and authentication that directed the flow of images in the early days of photography.
Julià’s intention has been to investigate the utopia and failure of the experiments with reproducible images carried out by one of the most interesting and remarkable foreign inventors to have settled in Brazil in the 19th century. Florence was one of the lesser-known inventors of photographic processes in the 1830s and was the first one to use the term “photography” to designate printing technologies that use light as their medium.