You looking at me looking at you
Most things today exist in multitude. Changes in our society are imposed so fast we can hardly keep up from one moment to the next. We are in a constant mode of shuffle. We are surrounded by a continuous flow of impressions, emotions, thoughts, images and sound. Our relationship and reaction to those things reflect largely in our face. In some ways we are antennas, always transmitting and receiving.
In constructing the portraits in a grid I am placing the person in a context of themselves. This sets aside the old hierarchy of the portrait, giving equal importance to each image, leading us to search for details, differences and clues in gestures. An attempt to document the process of changing, the moment-to-moment slippage between identity, roles and poses, their mind in a constant flux, sometimes absent, but always shifting.
You looking at Me looking at You is essentially about exploring the variable nature of visual identity. One person revealed in multiple portraits. I am interested in our existence as a multitude within a set of images, in the tension between the portrait as a document of a person’s appearance and their staging from the camera.
We are always and never the same.
Dida Sundet, June 2007