The Okama Paradox


Israel Ariño and Clara Gassull


Limited edition of 175 copies.

Design: underbau

23 x 28cm. 24 pages.

Price: 60€

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“They say there is a crater of a volcano right here, where we are. But if we can’t see it, how can we believe it exists?”- Extract from Clara Gassull’s notebook.
The journey – the idea of mobility and displacement- has fuelled the work and life of numerous authors, playing an essential role in generating new artistic proposals.
In 2019 we had the opportunity to visit Japan for the first time, curious to discover a culture that was part of our imagination and that had settled into our consciousness through reading and images. For 4 weeks the trip allowed us to accumulate experiences, to arrange different times, physical, metaphorical, imaginary, to compose them as a reflective territory.
Photography and drawing propose other ways of seeing, imagining and feeling what we have in front of us. Drawing does it in a more abstract, concise way, with a stroke that is subtle yet strong. Photography, on the other hand, anchors itself in reality to go beyond what it appears to be. Both disciplines strive to share with the viewer temporal processes and experiences that are prolonged in poetic spaces. The result is a record of the lived experience, two intertwined stories in which each one acts as an echo of the other.
Israel Ariño (Barcelona, 1974). Photographer and publisher. His works can be found in numerous private and public collections. He is represented by Galerie VU’ (Paris), Box Galerie (Brussels), Tosei Gallery (Tokyo) and Espace JB (Geneve).
Clara Gassull Quer (Barcelona, 1994). Graduated in Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona (UB) and in photography at the Institute of Photographic Studies of Catalonia (IEFC). Currently works as an artist and art educator. She uses photography together with other languages such as drawing, words, sculpture and video with which she often explores the relationship between two ideas: play and place. This allows her to approach things that occur between reality and fiction, the foreseen and the unexpected, contemplation and action. Despite the disciplinary diversity of her work, photography tends to always be at its core.