Josema Zamorano is a Mexican Canadian artist based in Vancouver. His exploratory approach to street photography advances questions about the identity of people, places, and things. In the last few years he has investigated the unstable relationship between the photographic image and perceived reality in a number of projects.
In the environment of widespread electronically distributed truths and definitions of reality, Zamorano proposes the action of looking as poetical interpretation. In order to emphasize that the actuality conveyed by the street snapshot is determined by temporality and perspective, he seeks to achieve a kind of abstraction more often associated with painting. For this, while photographing, he includes a performative element as a means of critiquing the prevalent straight-shot practice in street photography. Experiments have included gesturing with the camera while shooting at slow speed to smudge light-balancing control and serendipity. He aims to construct representations of things happening in the street so that the viewer is obliged to imagine the scene as a world open to possibilities.
Zamorano has exhibited in Vancouver at Back Gallery Project, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Gallery, UBC-AMS Gallery, and W2 Media Cafe. In early 2015, he had his first solo exhibit, Lost Steps at Jamaa El Fna, at the Back Gallery Project. He has also participated in two group exhibits with the A.K.A. Collective, of which he is a member: Diffractions of the Local (2013) and Latin American Art (2015). Zamorano worked as a telecommunications engineer before turning to the arts. With intersecting interests in poetry, existential philosophy, and visual arts he earned a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies (2012) from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He currently teaches at Capilano University in Vancouver.