Matter is a constant. It was there from the beginning and it will remain long into the future. The word matter is derived from mater, the Latin word for mother: matter refers to the substance from which all things are made. In English, the word can also indicate urgency or importance—something to be concerned about. Since 2013, Aleix Plademunt has been working onMatter, his most extensive photographic project. It tackles the age-old question of existence. It delves into our origins. Matter itself is inert, motionless, unable to reproduce. But it leads to life. The Big Bang’s radical expansion created everything. During its life cycle an organism undergoes many changes—it grows, learns, evolves, and dies—but matter always remains.
Aleix Plademunt, b. 1980 in Girona, studied technical engineering and received a degree in photography from UPC, Barcelona, in 2003. Since then, he has worked on myriad personal photographic projects and featured in over forty group shows and twenty individual exhibitions, highlights include Matter at MACBA Museum (Barcelona, 2021) and Almost There at the Le Bal (Paris, 2014).