Calling on his own experience as an illegal immigrant, Seba Kurtis — who left the chaos of Argentina in 2001 for Spain, where he spent five years off the radar — brings more than most artists to the unravelling chronicles of migrant dehumanisation. Unable to afford a camera, his tutor encouraged Kurtis to experiment with collage; existing materials easier to access than the tool to create his own. That experience has surely enriched his approach to art, and was solidified in a course at University of Manchester — where Kurtis began to apply collage techniques to his photography; experimenting with exposure, colours and textures.
It’s not just technique that informs the work of Seba Kurtis — studying journalism and being involved in political activism during his time in Buenos Aires, the artist has a wealth of personal experience to draw upon: water-damaged film destroying memories of his and his family’s time in Argentina, people met during his time as just another number … Kurtis channels experience, technique, and the current political climate — the outcome a sobering, ambiguous look at a world we all hear about, but few of us see outside the haze of agenda-led media. Bringing together several bodies of work under one title, Immigration Files shows at Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich, until 16 January.