Works

Social moiré

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‘Social Moiré’ consists of a series of graphic collage experiments based on a dozen of found footage glass negatives: Professional photos of classes at a boys’ school. Origin, place and date are unknown, but judging by the clothes they were made somewhere in the forties. The boys are lined up in formation, flanked by teachers and priests. Long exposure times, poses are rigid and formal.

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The images are of an intriguing uniformity. The pictures represent a reality in which law, order and hierarchy are unquestioned and it was shared belief that boys and girls perform better in a homogeneous separate learning environment.
The collages that I make are a visual investigation of group formation: spiritual, physical, social meetings of people’s bodies. Socialization, patriarchy, the role of religion and education in the homogenization and normalization of young people. Where and how (and why?) is masculinity formed?

The collages aim to manipulate, distort and break that norm. They focus on the margin, the apparently meaningless, the noise, they dramatize the image and unravel underlying patterns. They enter into a dialogue with the original images by interrogating and disrupting the gaze; diffracting those staring boys eyes into twisted, kaleidoscopic images.