JUNE and JULY 2013. OPENING ON SATURDAY, JUNE 1 ST 5-8PM
CAMOUFLAGED - PHOTOGRAPHY BY CECILIA PAREDES
"Camouflaged" features a series of photography by renowned artist Cecilia Paredes. The show is curated by Silvia Fachler.
The illusion of "disappearing" into the landscape that surrounds her, is in reality a blending, she is now "part of the landscape" in her quest of belonging.
Paredes explains. "The theme behind all is re-location after displacement and migration and how one has to adjust in order to belong. Tough it is, but it has to be done, without forgetting our origin."
Lima, Peru-born artist Cecilia Paredes might just remind us of the female version of Liu Bolin. Working with her assistants, she creates photo performance based works that have her seamlessly blended into her own intricate, botanical backgrounds. Acting as both the photographer and the subject, she carefully chooses her poses and leaves her hair unpainted, which adds an element of mystique to each piece. Through this "disappearing" act, Paredes explores themes of displacement and migration, illustrating the difficulties of blending into new surroundings without completely casting off one`s roots.
She stares forward situated in front of walls plastered with floral designs on wallpaper. The environment here is patently artificial as it incorporates sentimental, mawkish renderings of Latin America aesthetics. Instead of acting as a backdrop for her image, these interior environments are a subject equal to her physical presence in the photograph. She is truly transformed into a disenfranchised migrant, absorbed by her surroundings...