Heterotopic Contingency

Year: 2013 / 2014

Medium: Giclée print on lustre paper / ground spices, dried herbs, flour, clay, ice

Size of print: H90 X W100 cm (excluding borders)


Heterotopic Contingency is a series of photographs of fabricated landscapes. The body of work invites the audience through a journey amongst these green hills and snow filled mountains, convinced initially by their faculties concerning the value of veracity within constituting components of these terrains. Upon the gradual increase of doubt and the consequent realisation of falsehood regarding these landscapes, can such acknowledgement effectively displace the audience into an uncoordinated sphere between reality and imagination, just as described by Lyotard? Can the heterotopic experience suspend our reasoning, lift us away from our here and now into the domain of non-certainty that is filled with imaginative possibilities? It is, thus, of my primary interest to map the relationship between the otherness and the contemporary sublime.

The constructing and photographing of each scene took place over a course of ten days, with important emphasis placed in the lighting and details of each individual terrain, for the intention of developing a set of conditions significant to that particular landscape. The fabrication invites the viewers to cast their gaze upon the contours of these landscapes, dwelling amidst the hilly grounds and mountainous terrains; thenceforth embarking onward into a journey of the imaginative, and partake subsequently in an experience of emotional juxtaposition, of which is essential to any encounter with sublimity.

Editions of 4, 1AP