On a side note: cold war uniform fetishism coming up at the end of the month. Shooting the 28th.
Just three more photographs to go before I close the series and curate the collection back to 30 images and five quotes that emphasise the core message of the project.
You see, Claustrum Corporis (The Body Prison) is not about portraits.
At all. It uses portrait photography in a very specific way to ask critical questions about the presence, or rather the absence of reality in all fields of photography, replacing it with carefully constructed copies of copies of copies of copies.
Hyperreality. Information without meaning. Images that people relate to solely on an emotional level without asking very important basic questions when it comes to image interpretation. It frightens me how mass media turned a lot of people into what Vilém Flusser (May 12, 1920 – November 27, 1991) would call ‘visual illiterates’. Because in Claustrum Corporis, what you see, is absolutely not what you see.
The work-in-progress previews I shared during the making of the project will soon be taken offline because all images will be reprocessed in the fall for more consistency. (The project was produced over a period of one and a half years: so even the slightest inconsistencies need to be adressed from the ground up).
After that, I hope to have found an art authority who will write a piece about the project, so I can then design and print 25 limited edition hardcover promo books. After that… submit, submit, submit. And submit.
I’m crossing my fingers for the next six months…
Today I learned that my work has none other than the immaculate Bettina Rheims’ seal of approval. A humbling experience, to say the least. Thank you.
— Anna Tilroe (Art critic, Author, Curator and Honorary Chair for Art & Culture professor at Radboud University Claustrum Corporis Vol I: Simulacra).
— Anna Tilroe (Kunstcritica, Auteur, Curator en bijzonder hoogleraar Kunst en cultuur aan de Radbouw Universiteit Nijmegen).