The ten large-scale color photographs from the series "Independencias, produced between 2009 and 2012, are based on panoramic photographs taken by Garcia from culturally symbolic watchtowers in the twenty seven capitals of the European Union, such as the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Acropolis in Athens, St. Paulâs Cathedral in London. Garcia then digitally paints the images, initially blanketing them in white as if seen through a snow storm, which gives all the cities a unified appearance. This is followed by the selective application of red pigment to extract repeating infrastructural details such as smoke stacks in Paris, skylights in Berlin and London, chimneys in Vienna and Stockholm. This combined intervention of concealment and rescue highlights the contradictions between individualism, national identity, and the larger membership in a political union of many nations and cultures. The final prints act as a sort of x-ray of the in-dependencies of all the European capitals. Europa I and Europa II, present an accumulation of all the 27 European capitals in two synthesized, superimposed images, furthering the concept of the European city as part of a common unified dynamic community while at the same time a place for both personal independence and national identity.
Miguel Angel Garcia was born in Madrid in 1952 and lives and works in Cantabria, Spain. He is a photographer and visual artist with training in economics and agricultural design. He has exhibited widely in Europe and in South America, with over thirty one-person and 15 group exhibitions within the past 8 years. His photographs have been presented at Paris Photo, Madrid Photo and the Hot Art Fair in Basel. This month he was one of 50 photographers to be selected from 2500 entries for the Syngenta Photography Award.