Magician and surgeon behave like painter and cameraman. The painter, while working, observes a natural distance from the subject; the cameraman, on the other hand, penetrates deep into the subject’s tissue. The images they both come up with are enormously different. The painter’s is an entity, the cameraman’s chopped up into a large number of pieces, which find their way back together by following a new law.

Benjamin W., The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, 1936

Part 1 consists of a series of photographs and an installation made of layers of notes and drawings. The work discusses the role of photography and science in studying the shape of the human body. I compare the act of taking photographs to that of collecting samples in anatomy. In both disciplines an in-depth study of a fragment of reality is performed with the aim of understanding a larger organism.

The shape of the installation was inspired by Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas. I am intrigued by the modern need to organise all information and describe all forms of reality. In this quasi-scientific installation I put together images and ideas which illustrate the results of my research and, when put together, form a seemingly consistent composition. The photographs are a synthesis of my research.





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