BY JACINTA GILES
Dissemblance explores the idea that photography can absorb images of reality and return them to the viewer as signs of the elusive spectres that haunt the fringes of our daily lives. In using unconventional photographic processes that take their cues from how memory operates, what emerges is a materiality analogous to the graininess of broadcast transmissions. Images arising from and dissolving into another to form a second order reality. Memory, witnessing and the affective power of our shared visual culture are all examined within this project. While Giles’ practice has focused on printed photographic works, this residency will see the translation of this into moving image works, a medium of apparitions intertwined with our memories.
For Jacinta’s residency project, Dissemblance, Giles was working in isolation and limiting her materials, foregoing physical prints to produce a moving image works. Responding directly to COVID 19, this new video work manipulates and combines images of the domestic environment, with an emphasis on its screens and their mediation of this crisis.
The work captures the inward gaze of a renewed attention to the domestic environment alongside a restless and insistent gaze outward via screens: scrolling, switching and processing a constant stream of media, a source of connection and disconnection. The work is a snapshot into the uncertainty of the unfolding present, and an expression of, and reflection on, the anxiety and grief that has accompanied this.
Working from home
27 April – 24 May 2020