Paulo Jares - Diversion from the horizon
The photography of Paulo Jares has always been seen as one that captures strong and smart chromatic oppositions by cutting things and urban situations in which the human figure is usually absent. We find things that have suffered some human interference; I have never seen a photo by Paulo Jares of a natural environment it may exist, but it is neither present in the exhibitions that I have seen nor in the works that belong to private collections that I know. We see spots of the man that does things, build cities; however, he does not appear. All the photos are guided by a look from bellow, not crestfallen but turned down to the ground and to the areas to which we pay little attention. It is a literal refusal of searching for the horizon, a horizon that rarely can be seen in urban centers. This diversion from the horizon, though, is captured by an eye that goes down the ramp, in powerful visual situations and photos that dialogue intensely with the pictorial field of contemporary art. And maybe for this reason it is, to a certain extent, the paradox of capturing abstract things.
Paulo Sergio Duarte
Text published in Direções do novo espaço. 5th Biennial of the Mercosul, Porto Alegre, 2005.