“In a photograph, we can fix our attention on a person’s face with an intensity and intimacy normally reserved for moments of extreme emotion—like a first glimpse of someone we might spend the night with, or a final look at a loved one.” – Adam Gopnik. "The Art world : Lost and Found", The New Yorker, 20 février 1989.
Souvenirs volés is built from anonymous images appropriated by the artist to create an artificial, borrowed memory.
Most of the photographs were recovered in Berlin. There are hundreds of photographs from family albums, carefully selected by the artist. The process isn’t archival. It is rather a display of moments from life, private and mundane moments that take us back to other time, reflecting on own questions about memory and death.
Carmen Arrabal manipulates photographs by replacing the original faces with those of modern-day figures, all while keeping the original scene intact.
Souvenirs Volés - Carmen Arrabal
From november 15th, 2012 to January 2nd, 2013
Galerie Lina Davidov
210 Bd Saint-Germain
Tel : +33 (0) 1 45 48 99 87