This is a small selection of the work I completed at the Old School Art Residency. Since the theme was based on legends about the end of the world interpreted as a beginning, I used expired film from a country that no longer exists (East Germany) and expired paper from now privatized companies. The images I made show archetypal vignettes representing our expectations and anxieties related to endings and beginnings.
I used Foma document fiber based paper – it came in an unsealed Foma box I purchased second hand from a old local photographer, but there were two different packages in the box, so it could’ve been anything. Thin and easily crinkled, I embraced it for what it was instead of fighting it to make a perfect precision print. Yes, it tuned out to be heavily fogged in certain strategic areas. The result is images with eerie traces of a ghost presence with an old, distressed look. This medium was my statement on the new life of expired materials, ideas and memories.
All images feature local people and realities. One was a gesture of warning by a local priest shot during a field mass. Another was a pose by a new friend of mine, the local librarian, in the beautiful village church in a traditional dress. Her name means “Hope” which, we agreed, fits beautifully with the idea of the picture. The third one was of a fellow residency artist on a bed that really stayed outside in the school yard through the duration of the residency.