Tales of Slovenia
This series explores urban locations of Slovenia, a country that is more commonly known by its breathtaking landscapes.
Detached from this green stereotypical image, these photographs are constructed with the same fetishistic elements found in “Tales of a City”, the author’s long term project about London. He focused once more on his plastic people, street portraits, food, abandoned objects and garbage, these are joined together by the use of reflections and saturated colours. The process of work consisted of connecting with his own interests while exploring these places for the first time. Ljubljana, Skofja Loka, Piran, Bled and Bovec were shot using a 35 mm lens to emphasize a real spy point of view.
It may seem all cities in the world share this resulting vision both quirky and Daliesque. The excitement of the findings was intertwined with the certainty of his familiar way to shoot in cities. There’s a contradiction in the fact that Seigar works with the same motives he knows however in places he has never seen before, keen to continue developing these personal ongoing urban tales.
Seigar is a philologist in English, a highschool teacher, and a curious photographer based in Tenerife. He is a fetishist for reflections, saturated colors, details and religious icons. He feels passion for pop culture that shows in his series. He considers himself a travel and street photographer. His aim as an artist is to tell tales with his camera, to capture moments but trying to give them a new frame and perspective. Travelling is his inspiration. However, he tries to show more than mere postcards from his visits, creating a continuous conceptual line story from his trips. The details and subject matters come to his camera once and once again, almost becoming an obsession.
His three most ambitious projects so far are his “Plastic People”, a study on anthropology and sociology that focuses on the humanization of the mannequins he finds in the shop windows all over the world, “Response to Ceal Floyer for the Summer Exhibition” a conceptual work that understands art as a form of communication, and his “Tales of a city”, an ongoing urban photo-narrative project taken in London. He is a self-taught visual artist, though he has also done a two years course in advanced photography and one in cinema and television.
He usually covers public events with his camera showing his interest for social documentation. He has participated in several exhibitions: FotoNoviembre TEA, TenDíez, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Phe Gallery, Instituto de Estudios Hispánicos, Espacio Cultural Castillo de San Felipe, ULL Rafael Ramos García International Photography Awards, Tank Festival, Sala Fleming Art Gallery and others; and his works have also been featured in international publications: Blanc Magazine, PhotoVogue, Dodho Magazine, Semi Magazine, Latent Image Magazine and others. He writes for The Cultural Magazine (Spain) about photography and for Memoir Mixtapes (Los Angeles) about music. He has collaborated with VICE Spain and WAG1 Magazine (text and photography for both). Lalety, he has been experimenting with the video form, he has directed a short film entitled “Víctor (1997)” and also a video art piece named “Hot Summer, based on true fantasies”. His last interest is documenting social issues related to identity, in search of everything that defines people (hashtags and labels).
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