I once fell in love with myself being somewhere else

2009
Series of photographic objects/collages

During a research visit to Damascus the artist acquired a number of photographs taken by a Syrian studio photographer.

Depicted on these images are men who had asked to be photographed in front of seemingly idyllic and exotic backdrops, yet they never came back to pick up the pictures they had ordered. According to the photographer most of these customers were refugees from Iraq, and army men coming to the country’s capital on vacation.

In the artist’s rendition these dissappearances become an intrinsic part of the document; while the human figures are now cut out, a duplicate image, slightly shifted to the side, shines through the emptied silhouette of the portrayed men. What forms itself in this collage is a negotiation between absence and presence, between body and space, between the indexical character of the photograph and that what escapes representation.