G. A. Jakubovics returns to Artmedia Gallery with a new body of work. It is titled A Place for Affections and brings together photographs taken by him between 2014 and 2021. Some images in the set are placed by their date and visual references in his prior series's path. Others record motifs and events different from those the photographer had previously shown us. However, although Jakubovics takes extreme care of the artistic effect of his photographs, hence every one of them can function as an accomplished sample of art grammar, what is most significant in his proposals is the construction of relationships between images. It is in them that each body of his work acquires its specificity. The way these relationships are configured and defined is a central component of Jakubovics's artistic discourse.
His proposal's visual organization rests on the diptych structure, that is, in two images on two panels joined together that request a related reading of them. According to their descriptions, all the photographs were taken in Miami, so we can quickly see that the photographer suggests a city reading.
In each diptych one image corresponds to a representation of nature, generally associated with the abundant gardening distributed throughout Miami. The other includes a different reference to the city in every case. The majority show a predominance of interiors, mainly domestics. The others display buildings in their urban locations or small details of the city scene. In this second group of photographs, nature may also have a place.
In this way, Jakubovics links different aspects of Miami's natural context with domestic and urban spaces and thus constructs an intimate, subjective, and strictly personal vision of the city. In this proposal, Miami is not only a geographical territory. It's also a way of inhabiting, of being in it, of defining it through marks or agreements that belong to the photographer's universe.
About the artist
Born in Haifa, Israel. G. A. Jakubovics lives and works in Miami, FL. He studied Advertising & Marketing at Instituto Universitario de Nuevas Profesiones (IUNP) in Caracas, Venezuela, and later specialized as a master printer. He has also practiced photography for many years. From 2013 to today he has focused on Miami as a photographic subject. A place for Affections is his second personal exhibition. He has also participated in several group exhibitions
About the curator
Cuban-born, José Antonio Navarrete resided in Venezuela for two decades. He currently lives and works in Miami, Florida. He is a critic, researcher, and independent curator of art and visual culture, who recently began to practice art photography and video. His last published book was Escribiendo sobre fotografía en América Latina. Antología de textos 1925-1970, edited by Centro de Fotografía, Montevideo, in 2018. Recently, the Cuban Legacy Gallery at Miami Dade College exhibited his curatorial project Remaking Miami. Josefina Tarafa’s Photographs of the 1970s.
About the gallery
Artmedia Gallery was founded in 2012. With a location in Little River, Miami, Florida, the gallery has the mission to exhibit and promote contemporary art based on photography and video practices. One of the gallery’s central objectives is to explore the vast possibilities of the expanded notion of art through media technology.