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Like Water Under the Bridge

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Tip eveniment
VERNISAJ la NAG
Perioada Expozitie
11.10.2019 - 26.10.2019
Program
  • 20:00 - Deschidere
  • 04:00 - Inchidere
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How does one tackle the Hidden, Forgotten or Abandoned when approaching a context to which these categories apply? Moreover, how does one do this using photography, a medium inherently imbued with the acts of remembrance and documenting. The Danube segment that passes through Romania is ironically both the longest and the most neglected and poorly documented. A situation that, although has its roots in the poor management during the communist regime, has come to pass mostly due to the broken systems that followed, characterized either by incompetence or by plundering schemes leading to impoverished communities in the basin. It’s on this background that Like Water Under the Bridge operates, being comprised of multiple forms and layers, each trying to simultaneously enforce and undermine photography’s customary roles. The first is the restaging and capturing of a gesture that, although seemingly banal, puts into discussion the aforementioned notions of hiding, forgetfulness and/or abandon – in this particular case the throwing of various (found) objects in the Danube or on its shores. Re-staging it toys with the apparent immediacy present in the frame, the flash’s hard light usually serving as the only evidence of the contrary. Capturing it has the power to bring forth the objects, to make them main characters, to make their matter shine. The same play of light and on the series’ recurring theme of presence and absence is revealed on another level, with the aid of photograms made using the thrown objects. Here imprint inherently functions both as proof and lack thereof, presence being certified by the absence of darkness on the photographic emulsion. Similarly, the landscapes from which the objects have been chosen represent hidden landscapes. Not accessible to regular tourists, known just by locals, belonging to the people of the Danube (to the extent that any piece of land can belong to humans anymore), these places too seem forgotten by industry or consumerism for now. A thin plastic veil is used in presenting most of the photograph, covering the landscape, leaving the viewer to choose if or how much they want to see. The flux and the flow of the river manifest here, as is the air – blown by a fan, giving birth to momentary forms.