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Reality Interrupted: The Cinematic Work of the Sanchez Brothers

Montréal-based artists Carlos and Jason Sanchez create large-scale enigmatic images. Each image is its own unique, isolated crystallization of a psychologically-charged event that appears to be on the verge of unraveling.


To create their photographs, the brothers draw inspiration from personal experience, stories passed on by word of mouth, literature, and the news. Some images appear to re-present events that linger in our collective consciousness, derived from history or pop culture. While titles can provide clues to possible avenues for interpretive understanding, no shared referential meaning can be assumed with their photographs. Viewers are left to consider whether the "events" before their eyes actually happened, or are a fabrication of the Sanchez's vivid imagination.


The artists' approach to photography can be contextualized within the framework of cinematic practice, but the static nature of the images themselves represents a new tradition in photography. Because each work is primarily manufactured in-camera, requiring intensive shaping and framing of props, actors, and lighting, the mise-en-scène of each photograph can take several months to realize. The brothers research their conceived subject, roughly sketch the image design, and then build a set. Digital software is later used to manipulate the film-based image until the final product is achieved.


In both process and content, the boundaries between real and imagined are transgressed. The Sanchez brothers interrupt and pervert our most pervasive cultural narratives, initiating a flexible reality that challenges our contemporary values.



2 November – 16 December, 2007


Houston Center for Photography

Artist / Photographer

Carlos Sanchez
Jason Sanchez


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