Stereo (2015) is a series of 12 images, organised as two diptychs to the left, a quadriptych in the middle and again two diptychs to the right.
The starting point for this series is two small plaster figures, a man and a woman. They once stood on top of the cakes that were made for me and my sister's communion. The man accidentally lost his head, a long time ago and I still haven't found it. The woman is broken in two at the hips.
By photographing these broken and unsightly little figures, I wanted to give them back their moment of glory. On top of the cake, decades ago, they were the centre of attention: admired by everyone and surrounded by small colourful candles. By using artificial studio light and a macro lens I have put them back in the spotlight and made them larger than life. By photographing them, I somehow stopped their decay.
Some other small objects complete the series: a dried leaf that someone sent me from Italy, a metal leaf that I found at the Jewish cemetery in Prague, a dried and then burned rose, a view-master reel about Florence representing the statue of Perseus holding the severed head of Medusa (by Benvenuto Cellini, 1545) on the left and the statue of The Rape of The Sabine Women (by Giambologna, 1583) on the right.
Thematically spoken, this work lies on the boundaries between male and female, life and death, nature and culture, conservation and decay. Thus the organisation of the series in duos. Thus the title. I see stereo as a kind of crossing/pairing of a poem and a rebus, of a palindrome and a Rorschach test.
Selected for Fotografiecircuit Vlaanderen (edition 2017-2020) and exhibited in 18 cultural centres in Flanders.
Selected for the group exhibition Forever Young Forever (feb-june 2018) at cc Hasselt, curated by Emmanuel d'Autreppe.
All images (310mm x 465 mm) are printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta, 315gsm.
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