Pabo Zuleta Zahr

Pabo Zuleta Zahr

Born: 1978,  Vina del Mar, Chile

Biography and Information

Pablo Zuleta Zahr examines concepts of mass-production, international social trends and stereotypes. Recently, his work was published in the February 2015 issue of Architectural Digest. He has exhibited work in Spain, Germany, Chile, Italy, France, and the United States. Zuleta Zahr was born in Vina del Mar, Chile, and now lives and works in Berlin.

My recent series of work “Blackspace” deals in a very simple and literal way with the semantics of the word photography,which in Greek means “drawing with light.

Created with intuition, these photograms are the result of various mixtures of colored photographic filters. Zahr begins by making a paper template that he places over three layers of primary color (magenta, cyan, and yellow) filters. He cuts out geometric shapes with two of the filters and leaves one intact. The uncut filter is placed over a scanner, and the original template is rebuilt with the other two. When all of the filters are present they combine and make fields of black. When they are moved slightly and scanned, the filters mix and create seams of light and color. These “scannograms” are then printed on DuraTrans paper and mounted in light boxes.

Somewhere in a subway under neutral lighting the artist sets up his video camera in front of a monochrome wall and films for ten hours. One can’t distinguish between day and night and it’s only through the frequency of passers-by that one can decipher whether it is bedtime or rush-hour. The footage gathered in two ten-hour sessions in Santiago, Chile and in Berlin serves solely as source material. Each figure recorded is later digitally separated out, sorted, and filed away first by gender and then by color. The figures are then reordered in panoramic compositions of rhythmic form and color.

Architecture, Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile

Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, MFA with Thomas Ruff

Camera-less, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Album de Chile, Centro Cultural de la Moneda, Santiago, Chile
Anonymous Urban Life in Contemporary Photography, Museé de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
Map of Daily Life, TEFA, Tianjin, China

A Sea Change Into Lands Rich and Strange, Abrons Arts Center, New York
Blackspace, Ehko Gallery, Santiago Chile (solo)

European Month of Photography, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

Moscow Biennale for Young Art, Russia

The Loss of All Certain, With the False and Doubtful, Galerie September, Berlin, Germany (solo)

The 3 Lines of El Morro, Galeria Patricia Ready, Santiago, Chile (solo)
Event Horizon, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, USA (solo)

Selected Artists – Stipendiatinnen und Stipendiaten des Arbeitsstipendiums für Bildende, Berlin, Germany

Madrid Mirada. 14 artistas latinoamericanos, Museo de Artes Visuales, Santiago de Chile, Santiago, Chile
Madrid Mirada. 14 artistas latinoamericanos, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain
Join the Crowd, Ronchini Arte Contemporanea, Terni, Italy
Studio la Città, Verona, Italy (solo)
Madrid Mirada, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain
Gallery Bendana-Pinel, Paris, France (solo)

Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
In Dialogo, Studio la Cittá, Verona, Italy
Nach dem Sputnik, KIT, Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf, Germany
Intersection VI, Resy Muijsers Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherland

NAK Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany (solo)
11 Contempoararies, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, UK
Intersection 0, Resy Muijsers Contemporay Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Pingyao International Photography Show, Shanxi Daily, Talyuan, China
Perfect 10, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, USA
New Code, Studio La Città, Verona, Italy
reGeneration: 50 Photgraphers of Tomorrow, Aperture Book Center,
New York, NY, USA

50 Fotografi di domani-ReGeneration, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milano, Italy
Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France
reGeneration: 50 Photographes de demain, 2005-2025, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
Transformationen – Junge Fotografie, Galerie B, Baden-Baden, Germany

Nachstellungen – Junge Fotografie aus Düsseldorf, Halle 6 – Galerie Christine Hölz, Düsseldorf, Germany
LICHT – Zeitgenössische Fotografie, glue, Berlin, Germany
Ein Stück Wahrheit – 5 Studenten aus der Ruffklasse, Museum Villa Haiss, Zell a.H., Germany

Galerie der Stadt Remscheid, Remscheid, Germany (solo)

Diane Armitage, Camera-less, THE Magazine, July, p. 57

Andrea Lagos, El Artista que puso a la gente del Metro en una serie gringa, El Mercurio, Chile, April 3
Philip Nobel, Leroy Street Studio Devises a Modern Cape Cod Retreat, Architectural Digest, February 
Stevens, Amanda, Event Horizon, Local iQ Albuquerque’s Intelligent Alternative, May 27- June 9
Gibson, Alison, Pablo Zuleta Zahr: Event Horizon, Daily Serving Blog
Pablo Zuleta Zahr: Event Horizon Preview, THE Magazine, June 2010, p. 39
Muijsers, Resy, Intersection – Young Artists Crossing Europe, Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands
de l’Elysée, Musée, reGeneration: 50 photographes de demain, 2005-2025, Lausanne, Switzerland
Hölz, Christine, Nachstellungen – Junge Fotografie aus Düsseldorf, Galerie Germany

Press Release
2016 Camera-less at Richard Levy Gallery

2010 Event Horizon at Richard Levy Gallery