mercredi 25 janvier 2012

La vie des hommes infâmes (en valise)

«In 1995, the New York State Museum was moving items out of the Willard Psychiatric Center in Willard, NY which was being closed by the State Office of Mental Health. It would eventually become a state-run drug rehabilitation center. Craig Williams and his staff became aware of an attic full of suitcases in the pathology lab building. The cases were put into storage when their owners were admitted to Willard sometime between 1910 and the 1960s. And since the facility was set up to help people with chronic mental illness, these folks never left. An exhibit of a small selection of the cases was produced by the Museum and was on display in Albany in 2003. It was very moving to read the stories of these people, and to see objects from their lives before they became residents of Willard.

I have been given the incredible opportunity to photograph these cases and their contents. To me, they open a small window into the lives of some of the people who lived at the facility. I have settled on the idea of shooting the suitcases as they have been preserved by the museum, since part of my goal with this project is to show the care that was taken in archiving these materials.»

Jon Crispin travaille comme photographe. Il a également réalisé un projet de photographies d'asiles en ruine et de prisons datant du 19e siècle.

Sources: Kickstarter, Jon Crispin's Notebook,  Jon Crispin's Projects

mardi 24 janvier 2012

Oublier quoi?

Cube, 1934

Bronze, height 94 cm
«Mais le visage disparu du père, sa face retranchée, continuait sans doute de regarder  Giacometti depuis son fond de dissemblance mortifère. Le Cube serait alors à penser comme le cristal de cette absence et de cette opacité ;  et sa géométrie même comme le lieu  imposé à l'artiste pour recueillir - fût-ce un temps -  ce visage de l'absence.»
Georges Didi-Huberman, Phasmes. Essais sur l'apparition, Paris, Éditions de Minuit, 1998, p. 225.

jeudi 19 janvier 2012

La mère invisible

‘This was a practice where the mother, often disguised or hiding, often under a spread, holds her baby tightly for the photographer to insure a sharply focused image.’

Source: retraunot, Bourgeoise sérigraphe

dimanche 15 janvier 2012

Torse de papier

Horst Kiechle, Paper Torso

Ce torse, avec ses organes amovibles, est fait entièrement de papier. Il a été réalisé pour le Science Lab of the International School Nadi, Fiji. Horst Kiecle est un architecte australien connu pour ses "archisculptures'' des sculptures de papier.


lundi 9 janvier 2012

you can’t spell slaughter without laughter, Christine Negus

«Negus' works range from ephemeral objects, including glittery party banners, neon signs and artificially flowered memorial wreaths, to video works steeped in sweet sadness. At the centre of you can't spell slaughter without laughter is a constellation of short but intense, single channel videos and digital-animations investigating nostalgia and loss through humour and difficult irony. Here children tell terrible stories, pop songs become awkward and painful poetry, night stars are watching us, and small traumas play out within a larger view of the cosmos.»

Source: Gallery TPW