The term “Skenographia” is based on an ancient painting practice. Ancient Greece gave us the idea of sculpture as a possibility; a possibility of representation. Representation that in its perfect state gains life, becomes human. The Greeks also developed a system of representation, of translation, from three dimensions to two in scenery painting, tittled “Skenographia”. In contrast to sculpture, Skenographia could at most aspire to be a copy, an illusion, a mimesis, without a possibility of humanity.
For this show, proposed by António Guerra, I explored the open and suggestive idea of illusion. Going back to methods employed in the XIX century the possibility of photographing perfection – sculptures – and re-presenting them in an illusory form, as stereoscopic pairs.
This work is a development and the continuation of the Cut, shuffle, deal produced for the installation “Emergir – identity specific”, Military Museum’s Plaster House, in Lisbon. That situation called for following the photographic montage route [cut, shuffle, deal]. The present work is strictly within conventional/analogue photography.
About the Group show:
In Ludo, curated by António Guerra at the MiMo (Museum of the Moving Image), Leiria,
Nov. 9 – Dec. 28, 2013
Photography and sculpture by João Daniel, Jorge Ricardo, Miguel Proença and Isabel Garcia