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Beauty and the Beast


The GROTESQUES -series sets out to transgress the nature-culture divide. My project draws from skiagraphy or the method of fixing the shadows as expressed through the myth of the origin of photography; the tale of the Maid of Corinth—who, upon the imminent departure of her lover, “drew in outline on the wall the shadow of his body thrown by a lamp” (Pliny the Elder: Natural History).

I propose these skiagraphic experiments to be considered as new ways of seeing in the Barthesian sense of open holes, wounds or lesions. The random instances and contingencies puncture the categories of ration and unfurl aspects of surreal or unconscious present in the quotidian.

See more images of the project:
  • Animal Aberrations
  • Obscene
  • back to Grotesques
  • Ink jet print 80x60 cm