Miren Pastor’s images look like they come from another time, from when explorers would photograph lands that had never been trodden before by man, from when the world was seen for the first time; but her photographs are recent and have not been taken in faraway places. The reason they recall these older photos is that while those explorer photographs showed an unknown world, those taken by Pastor show beings as they are inside—and this is an equally hidden space.
Taking adolescence as the epitome of change, the author of this project investigates those elements which determine our growth and shape our identity.
“Bidean,” a term in the Basque language meaning that something or someone is in the process or on its way, creates a parallelism between the ephemeral, vital stages faced by any mortal and the vulnerable scenes around them.
The three steps that constitute Bidean are the allegory of a perfect communion: Man as Nature and Nature’s human part. These cycles are shared: whatever change affects one part also affects the other. This is as true for hominids as it is for papilionidae, ranidae and delphinidae.
To see the world for the first time or to see the world as children is to be amazed both by what is huge and by what is tiny, to observe and think that one is hallucinating. But what happens if we look at it with our eyes turned inside out, looking within?
—Iván del Rey de la Torre