FAMILY ALBUM - REALITY OF FICTION
Hence the charm of family albums. Those grey sepia shadows, phantom like and almost indecipherable, are no longer traditional family portraits but rather the disturbing presence of lives halted at a set moment in their duration, freed from their destiny; not however by the prestige of art but by the power of an impassable mechanical process: for photography does not create eternity as art does, it embalms time, rescuing it simply from its own proper corruption.
The Ontology of the Photographic Image, André Bazin
Always remember that you are absolutely unique - just like everyone else.
The role of the family albums is to arrange, preserve and commemorate a history of a single life thereby valuating it as an individual and unique. The Family Album - Reality of Fiction series employs the convention of family photography as a representation of intimacy, emotions, memories and authenticity. Seeing consecutively the monochromatic photographs, it turns out that the pictures were entirely staged within a photographic studio.The action of each photograph takes place among cartoon sets, dummies, props and mannequins that replaced real family members. The authentic social family model was replaced by its representation. The Family Album is dedicated to a person who is an artificial actor that has been factually born dead, created as an inanimate substitute, a human silhouette that has no influence on its creation and the processes it undergoes within the depicted reality. Simultaneously, the main “character” refers to the conception of Every-Man - a symbolic human living their life. The person is a universal, human dummy. It passes through natural stages of human life: childhood, adolescence, maturity and senility. The series is based on the found as well as personal family snapshots. The intimate, family photographs were mixed with the found footage and became a base for a standardized photographic reconstruction. The Family Album rather simulates a universal model of existence than reconstructs a particular story, exploring the memory, identity, social family model and uncanniness of photography.
The series is accompanied with the Family Album Sketchbook, sketches and scenography.
Family Album series,