Guillermo Srodek-Hart
Artist Gallery

I drive to the small rural towns in the Argentine countryside searching for the remaining old stores functioning almost in a separate time. These places seem to me like the last rebel's strongholds, resisting inevitable changes brought by modern development, which threatens the existence of small rural towns as they become more and more isolated. These shops are usually the first to go, like dinosaurs facing inevitable extinction.

Many times I am asked "Why aren't there any people in your photographs?"

My answer is "Look closely, they are all over the place."

My photographs are filled with traces of human presence: objects, furniture, stuff hanging from the walls, textures and accumulations on display. They speak to me of the invisible, that which can't be seen but is there, stories to be imagined, and, ultimately, the acknowledgement of our own transience in this world.

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