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Separation

Separation (2003) is a series about a boy and his mother. A tale of unnamed suffering and about unspeakable fear. No violent drama, but rather, an aloofness. A mother and child clad are depicted in full-body black latex who can’t quite reach each other. This suffocating combination does not evoke sadomasochistic fantasies, but rather the destitution of a body separated from the outside world. The mother’s eyes are covered, while those of the child are wide open, seeking an exchange of glances which will never materialize. Deprived of visual contact, deprived of touch, mother and son are reduced to outstretching their arms in vain, in a domestic setting plunged into darkness.(quote from Natashia) Wolinski.

“The discomfiting element is emotional, seen on the face of the subject, but at other times it comes from some strange juxtaposition or anachronism within the setting.” (quote from The New York Times)

Separation

Video: 3, ’56 min

2003

Erwin Olaf

Edition of 15. Sold out.

 

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