WEDDING PICTURES 2012/2013
I review the photo album of my first wedding: pages are scanned and translated to digital format to be assembled in groups of two to create a single picture.
In the process of reshaping a younger image of myself I am reclaiming the past to reveal my identity. I use digital manipulation to alter private and public perception of the “self”. The “still” performance deliberately intends to express the dichotomy of gender/person within the society.
Overall this photographs act as a mirror where the projection of myself doubles creating an optical illusion of normality. This process of repetition extrapolates the subject from its context: the dualistic concept between past and present within the esthetic composition.
WEDDING PICTURES is a reflection of my own approach on breaking social boundaries; my research in fact begins from my private life: Born to a strict Jewish family, I was subject to the Middle Eastern culture of oppressing women. I married young in order to escape from my family of origin. All what I did in the past was just antagonizing their morals without living a life of choice.
My mother is the last bond to the past and now that she is in a vegetative state and about to die, I pin photos of my life on the wall with the feeling of living those events for the first time. I am re-appropriating a past I didn’t really live through, as it all was; I could see it than as clear as now, only a series of events that I chose trying to escape.