Omar Vega Macotela
Born Mexico City (MX), 1988
 
Color .22, 2018, bullets .22, oil, plastic
Color .22, 2018, bullets .22, oil, plastic

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.