November 2018 | Displaced by Pablo Hughes
Pablo Hughes strays from the traditional two-dimensional photographic approach and interweaves parallel narratives through other mediums to construct critical dialogues. His subject matter represents that which is shunned, side stepped, discarded. His combination of mediums, image associations and image constructions add to the enquiry a layer of ambiguity and improbability. Reality can at times be stranger than fiction. As an art installer, Hughes has begun to question and explore imperfections as well as new, unorthodox forms of display, outside the normalcy of traditional clean, leveled and precise display protocols. The images are painterly, abstract, obscure and enigmatic of displaced subject matter. The juxtapositions highlight the forgotten and frayed edges of the action, creating a complex narrative from the apparent simplicity of the commonplace. Each new display space encompasses a mix of singular and idiosyncratic contexts such as time, location, audience, physical form, usage and so on. Objects can change meaning depending on their displays, their positions and the relationship between each other and as such the works in the exhibition have been explicitly conceived as a site specific display in this space not a space.
Born in Dublin, Pablo Hughes is a multidisciplinary photographer and art installer based in Perth. While the themes of his work are universal and socially engaged, his subject matter is generally drawn from the country of his origin, Spain. Hughes’ practice is not exclusively photographic and includes installation, found objects and collage. After completing a BA in Media Studies and Photo Media at ECU, Hughes’ work has received a number of photographic awards. His practice focuses on decay, the simplicity of the common place, religious iconography and the installation process. Solo exhibitions include Escape Artist, April 2015 at Heathcote Museum and Justaposition, March 2015 at Spectrum. Recent group shows include Psychogeography, Bunbury Biennale and Stations of the Cross as well as being a finalist in the Mandorla Art Award and the CLIP Award at PCP.