A vast form extends over the wall, as a large map of an unknown territory, composed of several aerial views.... Read More
A vast form extends over the wall, as
a large map of an unknown territory, composed of several aerial views. The
composition is reminiscent of an assemblage of the first photographs of the
lunar surface, made by NASA.
This visual kinship is not hazardous -
we are indeed facing a survey of a surface, seen from above. The images
represent photographic documentation of marks left in the flooring of the
Parisian metro by musicians. More specifically – by their instruments,
such as contrabass or cello, and foldable chairs. The musicians always gather
in same places, so these marks are not the result of a shock, but a persistence
of a discreet gesture over time. Thus, they represent a form of recording.
When the musicians are absent, one may
guess their presence by these small notches of specific shapes, engraved in the
flooring of the metro corridors.
The title - Persimfans - is borrowed from the name of an
orchestra that existed in the USSR between 1922 and 1932, which had the
distinction of not having a conductor (Per-Simf-Ans, abbreviation of Russian
"First symphonic ensemble" ).
more images and details can be found at this link : https://www.elizavetakonovalova.com/persimfans