Inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the series ‘Original Bodies’ is an assemblage of spolia of sculptural and actual bodies to emphasize the mutability and interchangeability of identities through the lens of collective and historical memories, oral histories and local mythologies. Using personal photographic archives collected over the years of greek antique sculptures in metropolitan museums’ collections around the world, the project accentuates the circulation of artifacts across geographies, cultures, and civilizations.
These diasporic bodies materialize the passing of time, the memories engraved in our own skin, and the scars of disruption and discontinuation across deep chronologial, geographical and cultural divides.
These fragmented bodies in intimate dialogue with one another reiterate eternal traits of the human nature, and aspire to empower through the consciousness of our incompleteness.
The use of mirror invites the onlooker to become part of the artwork, to identify with the narratives of mythical creatures, deities and mere mortals, and to allow the trauma transform into scars (and stars).
Photocollage, spray, glitter on mirror, 33 x 33 cm each. Presented as part of the group show In(de)finite Selfhoods at Citronne Galleries, Summer 2022.