The Suspended Real (2013)

Collage and photographic Installation
Dimensions variable
Produced during the International Art Symposium Alanica (August 2013), organised by National Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA), Vladikavkaz, Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Russian Federation
Curated by Beral Madra

The Suspended Real is the result of archival research conducted in the national library of North Ossetia-Alania, for unearthing visual metaphors implicit in the construction of local national narratives. The outcome is a collage installation based on images of Soviet photo albums, which are juxtaposed with my own photographs of decorative patterns and street furniture in Vladikavkaz. The archival images serve as a canvas for going back to a medieval visual imaginary, while the collaging maps them into the current public spaces of the city. A sense of unreality is cultivated through the metaphor of suspension and the use of the ironic, the surreal and the absurd. Re-decorating images of the past domesticates the image, revealing a female subjectivity and the possibility of transformation inherent in the ‘others’ point-of-view.

Collection National Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA), Vladikavkaz, Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Russian Federation