De Natura Libris
—on the photographs of Álvaro Alejandro López
The catenary separation of spine
from the body (of the bound book).
Moon through the keyhole. (The word moon).
Black mold clings to the pages. The novel
takes on a new character.
As though there, on the book’s opened pages,
the branch’s shadow might outlive the tree.
— Forrest Gander
De Natura Libris is an invitation to delve into the nooks and crannies of the “book” concept as an object and as a score that each reader must build from the creative proposal.
The project relies on the collaboration of different writers who, upon express request, wrote or shared texts. Some authors are: Orhan Pamuk, Jacqueline Woodson, Yann Martel, Ruth Padel, Salman Rushdie, Yan Lianke John Banville, Ana Blandiana, Enrique Vila Matas, Roger Chartier, Cornelia Funke, Forrest Gander, Alberto Manguel and several more.
Photography is a form of relationship with the poiesis of every day. It is a way to conjugate our time with the rhythm of the cloud reader.
Álvaro Alejandro López , Mexico City. Worked in the publishing industry. Recently, he began to exhibit his personal photographic projects. Some have been presented in Mexico, USA, Canada, Spain, Belgium, Iceland, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands. Selected as one of the winners of the Arte en la Red Casa de América, Madrid, Spain. Received honorable mention at the ND AWARDS
Oscar Wilde argued that only superficial people do not judge by appearances; observing him redeems the observer who, seduced by the casual coupling of two objects, a letter and a page, a hand and a landscape, a book and a body, for example, believes he understands a message, follows a narrative. The beautiful images of Álvaro Alejandro are an elegant mise en abîme because the narration that we think we see is made up of fragments of other narrations...