Res & Constanza Piaggio


Res & Constanza Piaggio Biography

1957- ;1982-

Res and Constanza Piaggio started working together in 2004 and planned a series of photographs in which they attempted to bring a variety of intonations to certain icons of western art that, with varying degrees of explicitness, have preserved a way of life. According to the artists: the 'history of the pose’ in the construction of meaning and the pictorial unconscious underlying every photograph are intimately bound to each other. When an Old Testament account is represented across the centuries through a series of universally valued and widely distributed paintings of the same subject, we incorporate the images into our way of seeing. With little more than a century and a half of history behind it, this pictorial unconscious, and particularly the 'history of the pose’ in the construction of meaning, is nevertheless implicit in photography. 

Res studied photography and economics at UNAM, Mexico City, where he lived from 1978 to 1984. In 2011 he won the Photography Acquisition Grand Prix at Salón Nacional de Artes Visuales, Buenos Aires. Has published the books La verdad inútil (2006), Intervalos Intermitentes (2008), and El juicio, lo abyecto, y la pata de palo (2009). In 2005, alongside Constanza Piaggio, he created the series Conatus  a four-handed reading of Western iconography, starting withCrista.

Constanza Piaggio lives in Paris, France, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. She studied creative photography at Escuela de Fotografía Creativa (EFC) and Sindicato de la Industria Cinematográfica Argentina (SICA). While her seriesRecueils (2009) she casts a caustic vision on the female figure based on traditional French archetypes, On the Other Shore (2011), a body of work created during a residency at the Gyengoggi Creation Center, South Korea, explores the strange beauty of the unknown.