Light Masks

Medea Yankova
Mihaela KamenovaMedea YankovaTchavdar NikolovIvan BogdanovVessela DantchevaKapka KanevaStefan IvanovChavdar GuizelevTanya MichailovaNikoleta IvanovaBoyan DobrevRosen ToshevAnton IvanovYosif AstrukovDivna ManolovaDimitar Serkedzhiev

Light Masks

2017, under development
Wet plate collodion, ambrotype, pen drawing, light projection, 18х13 sm

 

The history of the masks is deeply rooted in the pagan rites and associated with the forces that lie hidden under the physical shell. The atavistic terror experienced in relation to the bogus superficial appearance and the unknown hidden under the shell dominates the reactions triggered by the masks. With its ability to give expression to the unconscious, the mask became a common element in photography with surrealism in the 1920s.


Light Masks attempts to overcome the material and de-personifying force of the mask with artistic photographic means. These masks are not intended to impress with atavistic reactions but to serve as personifications that liberate the concrete individual. "The victim" of the photographic process - the person before the camera lens, enters the photographic reality with his/her creative intervention as an artist. The participants in the project are artists who are asked to draw a quick sketch showing their light side. The drawings are then scanned and treated as photographic negatives, and projected on the faces of the authors during the shooting of their portraits. The wet collodion process whose distinctly material essence is always very impressive is "infiltrated" with a digital projection.