, Ceres, from the series Dwarf Exoplanets & Other Sophisms

Ceres, from the series Dwarf Exoplanets & Other Sophisms

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Size: 47.2 H x 47.2 W x 2 in

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Photography: C-type

Size: 47.2 H x 47.2 W x 2 in

“Dwarf Exoplanets & Other Sophisms are photographs that apparently represent planets, but after looking at them briefly we realise that we are faced with an illusory experience. We do not know what has effectively been photographed. Doubtless it was some type of surface (of a metal, or a stone) that the photographic representation, and the skilled use of lighting, was able to convert into something else, or which at least was able to refer us to the idea of something else. At this point it is possible to perceive the extent to which the photograph is accepted as a territory of fantastic experiences, in which reality is reconfigured – and rewritten – as a formal imagery that reinforces a particular way of seeing and thinking.
(…) The aim is therefore to mobilise one of art’s most pertinent abilities, namely, its ability to directly question the spectator’s convictions, expectations and the way in which he locates himself in the world. “
(© Sérgio Mah, extract from The Wayward Line, by Edgar Martins, The Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian [Paris] 2010)

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