On Transience: Memento Mori

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“Photography elicits that madness, that hallucination of the other that allows the spectator, in a momentary jouissance, to enter into the spectacle, to commingle with the spectacle, to embrace, as it were, the spectral other or dying animal”[Akira Mizuta Lippit]

 

This current project, On Transience: Memento Mori is a work-in-progress and continues my research into the preservative relationship between the photograph and the taxidermy specimen. The work explores life-death, the seen-unseen, loss-remembrance through damaged taxidermy specimens in storage at the Natural History Museum, London.

These portraits are produced as intimate and fragile 89 x 54mm carte-de-visite albumen prints and are presented and experienced in a 19th century photo-album. This haptic representation draws the viewer in and provides a space for remembrance and the acknowledgement that these prints are referents of these specimens, of their forgotten-ness, of their Death and of the impermanence of the print itself.

As this project is ongoing, more albumen photographs will be added as the project develops.