FLESH & STONES
Multimedia installation, 2017
Flesh & Stones is a multimedia work about spiritual rebirth produced with the participation of dancers, actors and performers. It originates from Iri's work Renacimiento, created during her residency at R.A.R.O Madrid in fall 2017.
The first iteration of Flesh & Stones has been exhibited at Espacio Nigredo in Madrid in November 2017. The scenography of the exhibition was key to the work as the images and videos were visible only through pinholes in the walls of a dark room. With a reference to the process used, the camera obscura, this staging fostered an intimate relationship to take place between the viewer and the images.
The artist projected her pictures of the Canyon on naked, painted-in-white, bodies of models. (...) Landscapes’ and human bodies’ lines and textures merge to create a new environment at the crossroad between the organic and the mineral. Laying in the original fetal position, humans are central to the visual scene. Models’ postures invite us to recall of the uterus and the development of babies in their mother’s belly, giving this artificial setting a surprising feeling of familiarity.
As an orchestra conductor, Irina provided clear guidelines to the models as to generate the postures to reach during the photo and video sessions. After one minute, the models were able to explore their own expression and took an active role into the project. Bodies searched their places, testing limits and barriers and gradually gaining consciousness of the environment around them. Fetal positions evolve towards more open postures, from discomfort to comfort, from tension to liberation, expressing anxiety as a result of fear to the unknown.
"Photos and videos reside behind the wall - we don’t see them overtly because they talk about a hidden truth. This is also an answer to the proliferation and dictatorship of images today, a phenomenon that fosters the death of our intimacy but also of our potential for introspection. Here the images are available only to the ones that are really willing to look at them, therefore creating an intimate relationship between the subject of the image, its author and the viewer ”.
Extracts from Almudena Blanco Garcia's text visible here:
RENACIMIENTO IN THE VAN - By Lia Mun
Photographies & video, 2017
As part of the project Flesh and Stones, Irina collaborated with the artist Lia Mun. This collaboration aims at experimenting with various processes of photographies involving using the back of a van as a camera obscura.