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STATE OF MATTER / MATTER OF STATE

A book on the nature of consumption and the consumption of Nature

Mario Zamora

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My name is Mario Zamora and I use images to reflect on power relations. The last 6 years of my life I have developed what will soon become my third photography book.

THE PROJECT

"A corporation has no soul" - Edward Thurlow

Large corporations are responsible for the majority of human catastrophes the planet has encountered in recent decades.

I thought that, as a consumer, I should rethink my relationship with them and, as an artist, I should find new ways of talking about the biggest problem today's society is facing. A huge environmental and climate crisis derived from the current production system.

After countless hours of work and with the help of many people, I was able to do this in my project STATE OF MATTER / MATTER OF STATE. A book structured in three parts:

First of all, corporate reports from thirty major brands, widely known for their environmental crimes and abuses, emphasizing their use of language in terms of their ethical and ecological responsibilities.

These reports are intervened by photographs of the four natural elements taken around the world, from Iceland to Nicaragua, through Canada, Iran, Switzerland, Spain or Lithuania. Volcanoes, fires, glaciers, mountains, deserts, waterfalls or great lakes that reveal the true forces of Nature.

These images are interrupted by portraits of the companies CEOs, eroded with different methods and time periods by the same elements whose companies deplete, exploit or pollute.

Finally, the book gathers an exhaustive research on the environmental crimes committed by the 30 selected corporations.

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THE ROAD

So far, STATE OF MATTER / MATTER OF STATE has taken several paths (exhibitions, performances, moving-image, etc.) and has been the foundation for conferences, workshops or European meetings. It has been shown and awarded in different open calls and festivals, such as Docs València or the Fotobok Festival in Oslo. It has also been selected by the Sala Kursala, of the University of Cádiz (Spain), to be produced during the month of May 2021.

The book will be a co-edition of the Kursala and the Jaume I University of Castellón (Valencian Community, Spain). Their support has been essential to get here, but we still need your help to be able to produce it in the best conditions.

We also think believe that a crowdfunding campaign is the best way to break borders and democratize the distribution and scope of critical and risky projects.

THE BUDGET

Making such an object is not easy and requires the assistance of several professionals, including printers, prepress specialists and designers. Although the book is almost finished, more eyes and hands are needed to reach its best version. Every professional must, without a doubt, get paid for his work.

Our first goal is to run a print of 600 copies. If this is achieved, we may increase the production, reducing costs per copy. In consequence, your rewards could include some additional detail.

THE DETAILS

· 21x28cm
· 126 pages in 100% recycled offset paper
· 10 double-sided inserts on gloss coated paper
· Soft cover with UVI reserve and flaps
· Color belly band
· 30-page booklet

· Photographs and design - Mario Zamora
· Prepress - La Troupe
· Printing - Martín Gràfic

THE REWARDS

LOCAL MANAGER: A copy of the book straight from the printer to your home. Shipping to Spain included

INTERNATIONAL MANAGER: A copy of the book straight from the printer to your home. International Shipping included

VICE PRESIDENT (WATER or FIRE): A copy of the book and a limited and signed edition of one of the images of the project at 21x29.7cm on 310grs Fine Art Hahnemühle paper. Includes print certificate. To choose at the end of the campaign. International shipping included

VICE PRESIDENT + (EARTH OR AIR): We add two more images for the ones who pick the VICE PRESIDENT reward. You will be able to choose one of the four images at the end of the campaign

A copy of the book and a limited and signed edition of one of the images of the project at 21x29.7cm on 310grs Fine Art Hahnemühle paper. Includes print certificate. To choose at the end of the campaign. International shipping included

MEMBER OF THE BOARD: In addition to STATE OF MATTER, you will receive my two previous works. To the moon and back (a visual investigation into the cosmos of police violence) and Heaven Help Us! (a record of the language used by the press during the coronavirus pandemic and a reflection on silence). International shipping included

CEO (NESTLÉ or GENERAL ELECTRIC): A copy of the book and a limited and signed edition in methacrylate at 13x18cm. To choose at the end of the campaign. International shipping included

BOOKSHOP OWNER: 5 copies of the book with (a bigger) discount. International shipping included


At this point, I can only thank you for the time you have spent reviewing this project, and I wish you found it interesting enough to support it. That will be the only way to make it happen.

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The project has also an epilogue in the form of an audiovisual essay, awarded in several international festivals, that has been carried out together with Pau Berga and the Almedíjar community. I would like to end with it:


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  • Inés Calle

    Inés Calle

    7 months

    Gracias por esta excelente iniciativa! 😃

  • Javier Garcia Librero

    Javier Garcia Librero

    7 months

    Deseando tener este proyecto entre las manos

  • Jose Carlos Orrillo

    Jose Carlos Orrillo

    7 months

    Que se concrete este necesario y valiente proyecto. El libro es extraordinario

  • Lucas Góngora

    Lucas Góngora

    7 months

    Por fin tendremos el libro de un gran proyecto! :)

  • Mario Zamora

    Mario Zamora
    Author

    7 months

    Gracias! Seguimos caminando.

  • Maliba

    Maliba

    7 months

    Maravilloso proyecto. Mucha suerte con los objetivos.

  • Guillem Beltran

    Guillem Beltran

    8 months

    Ànim!

#04 / Hemos llegado / We've made it

Después de 7 años de proceso y 2 meses en imprentas, y tras demasiados imprevistos y complicaciones, por fin tenemos entre las manos STATE OF MATTER.

Por un momento pensé que no llegaríamos.

A partir de la semana que viene comenzaremos a preparar vuestros envíos. Aunque si estáis estos días por Valencia o Castellón y queréis recoger vuestras recompensas, mañana, 8 de junio, a las 19.00, lo presentaremos en el espai Menador y el viernes 11, a las 19.00, en la librería Bangarang. Espero veros a algun@s por allí.

He preparado un pequeño vídeo que recoge todo el esfuerzo invertido por multitud de profesionales para que esto haya llegado a buen puerto. Agradezco desde aquí especialmente a Martín Gràfic, Gráficas Royanes, Colectivo La Troupe y Encuadernaciones Gómez por su trabajo, La Kursala, La Universitat Jaume I y a tod@s l@s mecenas por creer en él desde el principio, y al resto de acompañantes de este largo viaje. Este libro no hubiera sido posible sin tod@s vosotr@s.

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#03 / Un poco de retraso / A little delay

Queridos y queridas mecenas. Os escribo para contaros que hemos tenido algunas complicaciones durante la impresión de STATE OF MATTER, por lo que en lugar de comenzar esta semana a enviar vuestros libros como estaba previsto, tendremos que esperar hasta mediados de junio.

El resto de recompensas ya están listas y han quedado realmente bien, por lo que en cuanto salgan los primeros ejemplares de imprenta, vuestros paquetes estarán en camino.

Aprovecho para contaros que la exposición en la sala Kursala (Cádiz) que acompaña al libro, abrirá el viernes 28 de mayo y que, días después, tendrán lugar las presentaciones del libro en Valencia y Castellón (en breve confirmaremos por redes fechas y lugares). Si estáis cerca, será una buena ocasión para recoger vuestras copias y una mejor ocasión todavía para que celebremos juntos el final del viaje.

Os agradezco la paciencia y os mando abrazos.


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#02 / GRACIAS / THANK YOU

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Antes que nada, quería transmitir mi más profundo agradecimiento a todas las personas que han ayudado a hacer de este proyecto una realidad. Como sabéis, después de 7 años de trabajo y 40 días de campaña, hemos llegado a juntxs a la meta.

Ya estamos preparando las artes finales para poder mandar el libro a imprenta durante el mes de abril. El resto de las recompensas será preparadas también durante estas semanas. Si todo va correctamente, durante el mes de mayo comenzaremos con los envíos.

Por vuestra parte solo queda una cosa, tendréis que rellenar un formulario que recibiréis en breve con vuestros datos y preferencias para que todo pueda ser preparado con mucho detalle y cariño.

Si tenéis cualquier duda o problema, no dudéis en poneros en contacto.

Gracias, de verdad, por caminar conmigo.


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#01 / Nos acercamos al objetivo

Ya hemos atravesado el ecuador de la campaña y rebasado el 70% de la financiación mínima para imprimir STATE OF MATTER. Después de 7 años de trabajo, está más cerca que nunca de convertirse en libro.


Llegados a este punto, quería agradecer a todos los mecenas que os habéis lanzado a apoyarlo y animaros a compartir el proyecto con aquellos a los que pudiera interesarle. A los que todavía no lo habéis hecho, os animo a sumaros a este largo viaje que está llegando a su fin. Solamente quedan 17 días para poder hacerlo.

Quería también compartir con vosotros algunos de los artículos que han salido en prensa sobre el proyecto, por si os interesa profundizar en él antes de que llegue a vuestras manos:

Fotografías para combatir el lavado verde de las marcas - Culturplaza

Mario Zamora i les seues imatges d'una crisi actual - Mediterráneo

Clavoardiendo

Abrazos.

Seguimos.

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