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by Geray Mena

WHEN: Thursday 21 September 17:30 - Sunday 31 December 18:00

At the end of his two-year residency, photographer Geray Mena presents his new project in WOW Amsterdam’s Vertical Gallery, Hyper-Focus. The exhibition stems from the convergence of his research in Eastern philosophy, meditation, mandalas and the photographic medium.

Struck by the similarities between archetypal images of mandalas and the focus reference cards used to calibrate camera lenses, the exhibition explores the connection between mechanical and inner focus and the possibility of healing through art. With the strong belief that problems in today’s society are due to a lack of interrogation of the inner self, Mena creates and appropriates symbols and images to stimulate the viewer.

WOW’s Vertical Gallery is transformed into a path to enlightenment, where Mena’s works guide the visitor towards spiritual development and meditation. By creating his own version, Mena wants to connect to mandalas’ symbolic power of unity, harmony and inner reflection.

Geray Mena (Medina del Campo, Spain, 1989) is a photographer, visual artist and image maker. He completed his Master of Conceptual Photography at EFTI, the International Centre of Photography and Cinema in Madrid. He moved then to Amsterdam to continue his studies in Fine Arts at the Photography Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy.

He was invited to show his work at numerous exhibitions in the Netherlands, UK, Spain and other countries. Among others, he took part in the exhibitions Ética y estética de lo verdadero at Palacio Quintanar, in Segovia, Spain, pr1sm at 4bid gallery in Amsterdam, Plural 16’Vertical at Galeria Unonueve in Madrid, Feet Art Fair at The Macbeth Of Hoxton in London, Mínimos at Galería Cero in Madrid and Lockers V1 at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.

Earlier this year, Geray was selected by curator Iñaki Domingo to present his visual images and photographs in the solo exhibition Immortal, at the CentroCentro Cibeles in Madrid. Also, he showed his work in the World as Image show, curated by Dorine van Meel, at the SBBA Salon in Amsterdam as well as at Foam Fusion Festival at the Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam in Amsterdam.