Edition: 30 Finish: black frame, print on aluminum dibond Photosize: 30x45 / 40x60 / 60x90 cm
About Kyra #1 This artwork forms part of the series ‘Giacomo’. In this series, Barbara Vandendriessche searches for the aesthetics of melancholy, based on the life and poetry of the romantic Italian writer Giacomo Leopardi (1798 – 1837). The focus is on a personal, intimate, moment. The desire for loneliness, sadness, desire and yearning for love form a red line throughout the search for beauty and fragility. The photos in the series are dark and intense in color. By working with rough smudges of white paint on the body, the photo gives the impression of a painting. The graininess and contrast also contribute to this. This keeps the viewers' gaze lingered longer: the image carries a secret.
About Barbara Vandendriessche With her artistic pictures, Belgian art photographer Barbara Vandendriessche seeks for the beauty in the tragical, in melancholy, sometimes even in pain. She started out as a stage director, but some years ago she stepped out of the black box to make artistic photography projects, influenced by her work as a theatermaker, as a storyteller. Her photography looks theatrical. But ‘theatricality’ is an elastic concept and also has many negative connotations: bombastic, exaggerated, false or artificial. This is the opposite of what she seeks in her work. This is how she defines it herself: theatralization is the abstracting and enlargement of reality to evoke emotion in the viewer, not through reason, but directly appealing to an approach that can be traced to our ritual instincts. Theatricality as a pre-aesthetic instinct. That is what she tries to represent with her photography: how to portray the emotional body tragically? How to create a tragic image that expresses emotion and triggers emotion? The search for images with an intensity, no images with intentions. Images you look at because they tell you something, even if you do not immediately know what. Images that evoke a story, without being narrative themselves. Often with the female body as an expression of beauty.