Nameless is a 16mm film that I manually created by isolating and exposing close up portraits from group pictures from my family archive. It draws on the methodologies from photographic practice and filmmaking, as I worked in the darkroom creating a camera-less film. Through repetitive, manual exposures on the 16mm film I created 70 to 90 frames per portrait that enabled the projection of one frame over a period of 3 to 5 seconds. This technique manually replaced the work of a video camera and gave to each person a presence.
TRUTH | LIES
BLITZ GALLERY | VALLETTA, MALTA
20 April – 17 May 2017
Curator: Alexandra Pce
Artists: Armenoui Kasparian Saraidari, Sara Rees, Giuseppe Torre, Erica Giusta, Guillaume Dreyfuss, Jacques Borg Barthet, Manali Jagtap Nyheim, Tom Bull, Philip Cartelli, Mariangela Ciccarello, Arnold Aganze, Ina Lounguine, Will Henry Carter and Neale Willis.
The exhibition presented photographic work, performances, screenings and projections, all spanning notions of truth and falsehoods, form the personal to the political to the technological.
NAMELESS STILLS (2015)
For the second approach to Nameless, I used the 16mm film in printing the individual frames on photographic paper. I used single frames in
the darkroom as negatives to print the stills. This resulted in the inversion of the colours of Nameless Stills. Through several transformations from photographic to moving-image, film and then to photographic paper the material attributes of the initial archival print have almost vanished. Due to the small size of the 16mm film the printed images appear with strong grain and rough details.