Wolves (on going project)
"Wolves" mixed media series, started late 2016, is a modern tale of social behaviours and personal feelings, which interprets the staggering void between us and missing persons. "Wolves" shifts away from sex orientation, gender, religion, or socio-economical frontiers to focus more on our instinct to connect as empathetic humans, facing our fears, contradictions, vulnerability and desires.
Magnified as pixelized portraits, missing persons photographs are layered with plastic adhesives, synthetic felt, ink and drawings, which put a necessary distance between the viewers and the subject, functioning like masks upon the unknown territory of disappearance.
In a time where we select how we are informed, "Wolves" starts from a picture received without consent, without being prepared for it: a missing person’s mugshot randomly sent along food ads under a “Have you Seen Me” section.
Who said missing persons pictures should end up aside food coupons? How come most people won’t notice these pictures, keeping on with their routine?
While there is no debate as if this pragmatic approach works or not for missing person cases, one can only observe how most of us are generally numbed and disconnected from shocking facts, news or photographs. It seems our ability to spontaneously connect with our true emotions evolved along with the democratisation of medias and access to images.
We inconsistently banalise some pictures and worship others, trivialising our relationship to life’s violence.
This is even more striking when considering the unbelievable amount of (true) killing-based stories, books or movies watched on streaming services, as an indicator of our growing thirst for macabre.
"Wolves" are interpretations of the unknown territory stuck between the dead and the living. It calls out our fascination for darkness and predation and questions our ability for empathy. It confronts our own numbness or, if we do care, our ambivalence.
Face "Wolves" if you dare.
Don’t say their ghastliness makes you uncomfortable when you have been looking for more than that.
These portraits were to be seen. They can tell about a distant territory, protected by screens layered over.
You can take this. Allow yourself to simply bear with it.
Care to un-numb yourself.