“What we have said already makes it further clear that a poet’s object is not to tell what actually happened but what could and would happen either probably or inevitably. The difference between a historian and a poet is not that one writes in prose and the other in verse…/ The real difference is this, that one tells what happened and the other what might happen. For this reason poetry is something more scientific and serious than history, because poetry tends to give general truths while history gives particular facts.”
Aristotle in Poetics.
Paula Urbano observes with an intersubjective perspective in her investigative narrative work about contemporary or fictive persons or places. With an interest in postcolonial theory and philosophy her art concerns themes as identity in relation to migration and location. Starting from a subjective perspective Urbano uses photography, video and installation to delineate a state of mind in times when the sole existence has become political.
Urbano places her interrogative in the piece for the world to ponder over the eventual discrepancy between perception and representation for the individual not only in relation to the collective but also to a memory, to a location or to “the other”.
Bio: Urbano has exhibit her work in Buenos Aires, Miami, Stockholm and Santiago de Chile. Her films has been shown at both qualified film festivals as Oberhausen Shortfilmfestival and Göteborgs International Filmfestival but also at museums and galleries. Paula Urbano is born in Huddinge (Stockholm) 1980, she holds an MFA in Fine arts from Konstfack, the University of Arts, Crafts & Design and she is based in Stockholm.
The following films are in distribution at Filmform.com Her Life 2008, Here and There 2011, Mentiramente 2012 and It´s we 2013.
Paula Urbano is also a member of the interdiscpilinary group mdgh. More info about mdgh
Mapping the unjust city are invited to the Guest Room at Marabouparken early 2019.