Gestures of Collectivity
light sensitive paper, focusing cloth, table, glass
The basis of the processual installation Gestures of Collectivity is a piece of light-sensitive photographic paper. On top of the paper lies a focusing cloth - a tool used in the field of large format photography to keep off sunlight thus enabling the focusing and adjustment of the image itself. As the central part of the paper is covered and therefore protected from light, the exposed parts are changing their colour in the course of the exhibition.
Exhibitions visitors are encouraged to lift the cloth in order to see the image beneath it. What becomes apparent is the abstract photographic imprint of the fabric itself. By putting the cloth back, the edges of the covered paper shift and the image visible to the next viewer becomes a different one.
This performative photographic installation addresses the collective process of image creation in our present time, where not only discourses but also the related images are in a constant state of flux. By each gesture of the viewer, the current image is destroyed and at the same time a new one is created. The reflection on what is considered an image, how images are produced and who determines the transformation of their contexts becomes in Gestures of Collectivity bodily accessible as a collective experience.
Simon Nagy, 2018