Color .22, 2018, bullets .22, oil, plastic
Omar Vega Macotela
Born Mexico City (MX), 1988
Omar Vega Macotela works on images that function as a meeting point between two cultures. Trained for many years by a hunter in rural Mexico, Macotela developed a process of image-making with the gaze of a hunter.
Now based in Amsterdam, he follows this gaze in a new context as he researches the reception of images within Dutch culture through oil and pigment use in Dutch painting. Macotela relates the process of understanding another culture to 'strabismus', a condition where both eyes cannot simultaneously recognize or process visual in- formation. For this show, Macotela made oil pigments from discarded bullet casings found in Amsterdam, a process that functions as a model for the construction of his visual essay consisting of film, painting, sculpture, and installations. With the Rijksakademie housed in a former cavalry building, and given his own background knowledge as a hunter, Macotela explores the intimate relation between shooting film and shooting a gun, bringing together various histories of looking, which transform both the act itself and the material used. Ultimately, Macotela’s work confronts the question of how to understand – or fail to understand – an image from wildly different cultural perspectives.