The Equation of Desire is the outcome of Mexican artist Martin Soto Climent’s efforts to recognise, name and organise all the relevant and substantial aspects of his own life. Starting from this very personal standpoint, the research soon became an investigation into universal questions of life; it became a series of diagrams about the human condition and also a series of 366 photographs.
All of the photographs emerge from a similar process: Soto Climent rolls-up different pages of vintage photographic yearbooks in such a way that a new and surprising image arises. Being a combination of a number of pictures, the result is reminiscent of a collage, but with one essential distinction: the original pictures are neither damaged nor destroyed by being cut up, but just unravel back into their original shape after the shot. The whole process thus results in an ephemeral picture that will disappear again and only remains in the picture taken by the artist.
At the same time the photographs become samples of hidden and unseen pictures that are contained in what surrounds us, pictures that can come to life by a minimal and reversible human act. They are indeed ciphers for the existence of vast potential in the world, a potential that can be harnessed by human creativity. This artist’s book was published on the occasion of the show at Kunsthalle Winterthur, where The Equation of Desire was shown the first time.