Sebastián Díaz Morales: Ficcionario
Texts (English/Spanish) by Ricardo Amado, Sebastián Díaz Morales, Gary Hill, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Hafiz Rancajale, Jo Ractliffe, Dick Verdult
260 p with 120 coloured illustrations
285 x 220 mm, Hardcover
Diccionario & ficción = Ficcionario
Sebastián Díaz Morales was born in 1975 in the Patagonian petroleum city of Comodore Rivadavia. With his book »Ficcionario« – the title is a portmanteau of the words diccionario and ficción – he presents a kind of autopoietic sum of his work in images, texts and reports by participants. Since completing his studies at Rijksakademie van beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam in 2001, the Argentinian film artist has been invited to exhibit at many eminent European and US institutions, and he has participated worldwide in major film and video festivals, as well as numerous biennials. He deliberately recalls – as the motto of one of the chapters of his book – a quote of the great Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges: »The mind was dreaming. The world was its dream.« This particular view of reality, a fusion of poetic and realistic narrative style, represents the Latin American literature of magical realism as well as the docu-fictional style of South American cinema. In Sebastián Díaz Morales, these influences come to bear when, in his film »Pasajes«, he has a man rush from room to room and, in doing so, join the most diverse worlds. His installation »Insight« takes a further decisive step and raises the question: In front or behind the camera, is all this actually just an illusion? This also applies to this book, which can be understood as an intelligent and entertaining journey by anyone picking it up!