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Grains of Saltspecially commissioned for and shown at:
Lambda/Lightket prints (digital collages from photograms and paper negatives)
The series plays on the expression, originally Latin, “to take something with a grain of salt”. Every day we have to process vast amounts of information whose validity we lack the means to ascertain beyond reasonable doubt. In our quest for truth we have to devise subjective strategies of skeptical consumption and eat salt not just by the grain but by the mouthful. (It can also be said that the Russian figurative meaning of “salt” as essence of something is what’s left after applying the Latin/English meaning). We end up collecting disparate residual bits of information, and if they are mapped out visually, a rather random and absurdist terrain reveals itself. These digital collages have been made from analog photograms of newspaper sheets and rock salt crystals. Each collage only uses elements found on one sheet - a sheet here being an object with both sides, to emphasize ironic and incongruent juxtapositions.