(Dubaï construction sites) 2010
Lambda print on satine paper, 80 x 120 cm + frame
Photography of the dissident
The photo was taken by day, while happens the current hours of work, and shows a worker who walks in an apparently casual direction. No, we realize that distance and direction are impossible, this is not his way, It is no current. In this way the photo is indecipherable, where he goes? It is not a physic description but a mood, a thought. (...) We see the backside of the progress, the temporary and uncompleted part. Everybody knows that Dubai’s paradise is made for thousands workers imported from Pakistan, India and others neighbor countries. They live in very hard conditions. In this case, Hartmann closes to their reality from a social point of view but without utopia: we have two faces, and in some moment we are deserters or at least dissidents.
Luis Alberto Mejia Clavijo 2009
Art critic based in Cali