The Seduction of Darkness highlights the performative nature of photography. Fluidly moving within the parameter of darkness, thoughtful, considered choreographic... Read More
The Seduction of Darkness highlights the performative nature of photography. Fluidly moving within the parameter of darkness, thoughtful, considered choreographic gestures are performed by the artist. Overlaying and exposing multiple fragments, the actions of the body inherently become a part of the image. The performing body and performing image are fused together through the tactility of touching and feeling around the space. Oscillating between analogue and digital processes, the large installation questions how we see images, how images are made and what seduces us to re-see images of the past. As Sontag put it, ‘to photograph is to appropriate the thing photographed. It means putting oneself into a certain relation to the world that feels like knowledge-- and, therefore, like power.’ Re-photographing fragments of archival images, the cut of the camera slices the body with its strict frame and sharp edges. These gestures offer power to the artist and the viewer. The crop of the reproduction draws attention and celebrates the talismanic aspect of photography.