(Within C/A/C Group; Belarus, 2011)
This project joins together eighteen photographs or, better to say, photo-objects on wood panels and five sculptures made of bronze and wax.
These artworks examine the primal beauty of human body and the crossover between femininity and masculinity. Although we call into question the concept of ‘archetype’ and the universal symbols it might entail, we are more interested in what resides beyond the realm of the quintessence of human body, such as imperfection, the ordinary, the effects of the passing of time, and the dramatic nature of humanness.
Using wood panels is not innocent: it is a reference to the tradition of icons paintings. Such reference allows to transform the ordinary into unique, visually banal actions into sacral ceremonials. It brings flat photographs into corporeal existence, making them tangible objects. Far from implying any religious commentaries, these artworks convey reflections on life, death, existence and embodiment.
Blending together literalism and symbolism, these close-up photo-objects disclose traces of man and women, their strength, their fragility, their fear. Their bodies torn apart then recomposed on thick piece of wood or bronze are to constitute a new body, a new flesh. These artworks speak in a heterogeneous visual language: the contemporary questions of gender counter the ‘archaism’ of the techniques.
Silver gelatine emulsion author prints on oak and cedar wood boards, various sizes, unique