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PROYECTO INFO (ES):

HALF-LIFE | VIDA-MEDIA (FORENSE A SIMPLE VISTA)

Para el proyecto Half-Life | Vida Media, la artista Ann Burke Daly fotografía las prisiones de la época de la dictadura (1937- 1975), en el centro de la ciudad de Madrid, España. Daly fotografía cada lugar muy de cerca, como lo haría un forense, para producir fragmentos fotográficos (muestras) en primer plano, que colocados unos junto a otros toman la forma de un fotomontaje fracturado e inmersivo creando un “retrato del sitio”. Cada uno de los "retratos del sitio" del fotomontaje expansivo y fracturado de Daly es como una piel gigante desollada—aplanada, ampliada, claustrofóbica e inmersiva—estirada en la pared frente al público de la exposición. Se invita a los visitantes de la instalación a investigar estas muestras-muros inmersivos y visualmente convincentes, de cerca con Daly; como detectives en la escena de un crimen. Los fragmentos fotográficos (muestras) son tomados performativamente por la artista en una sola sesión de duración en cada sitio, usando la cámara como una prótesis, para crear 200-1000 fotografías por sitio. La acción performativa de Daly requiere esfuerzo físico, lo que empuja los límites físicos de la artista. Daly crea a través de Half-Life, una conexión empática entre sus límites físicos y el esfuerzo—y las dificultades de entender la historia de otra cultura (o incluso la propia) y el muy necesario trabajo y la incomodidad requerida en la lucha por comprender.


[Half-Life se crea en asociación con la organización cultural BRUMARIO, Madrid, España. También gracias a EQUIPO MAAD (Madrid), por su ayuda en el rodaje de la documentación fotográfica de Daly]



PROJECT INFO (EN):

HALF-LIFE | VIDA-MEDIA (A FORENSICS OF PLAIN SIGHT)

For Half-Life | Vida Media, Artist Ann Burke Daly photographs former dictatorship era prisons (1939-1975), in the city center of Madrid, Spain. Each building site is photographed forensically to produce extreme close-up photographic fragments (specimens) which are pieced together through installation to form a fractured and immersive photomontage “site portrait.” Each of Daly’s expansive and fractured photomontage "site portraits" is like giant flayed skin—flattened out, enlarged, claustrophobic and immersive—stretched on the wall in front of an exhibition audience. Installation visitors are invited to investigate these immersive and visually compelling specimen-walls, up close with Daly; like detectives at the scene of a crime. Photo fragment-specimens are shot performatively by the artist in a single durational session at each site, using the camera as a prosthesis, to create 200-1000 photographs per site. Daly’s performative action requires physical exertion, which pushes the boundaries of the artist’s physical limits. Daly creates through Half-Life, an empathic connection between her physical limits and exertion—and the difficulties of understanding the history of another culture (or even one’s own)—and the very necessary labor and discomfort required in the struggle to understand. With the Transition to Democracy, in Spain, these buildings reverted to their pre-war social functions (convents, schools, municipal buildings) and bear no markings to indicate their use as prisons and sites of torture and execution. The story of these buildings remains largely unknown. They sit in plain sight in the city center of Madrid.


[Half-Life is created in association with cultural organization BRUMARIO, Madrid, Spain. Also thanks to EQUIPO MAAD (Madrid), for assistance shooting Daly's photo performance documentation.]

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HALF-LIFE | VIDA MEDIA

(A Forensics of Plain Sight)

Photographic Installations, 2018-present (Work in Progress):
Performing Photography

SITE3P


A series of composite photo-montage ‘site portraits’ of former Dictatorship (1939–1975) era prisons in Madrid, Spain. The 18 buildings reverted to their pre-war social function, or similar (convents, schools, municipal buildings) and bear no markings to indicate their former use as prisons and sites of torture and execution. The story of these buildings remains largely unknown. They sit plainly within the city center.


For Half-Life | Vida Media, each building site is photographed forensically to produce photographic fragments (specimens) which are pieced together through installation to form a fractured and expansive montage. Photo-fragments are shot performatively by the artist in a single durational session at each site. Daly uses the camera as a prosthesis, creating 200-1000 photographs per site. Daly’s performative action requires physical exertion, and pushes the boundaries of the artist’s physical limits in shooting and installation. Fragments are pinned to the wall as a series of Specimens in each installation. The entire composite "site portrait" is like a giant flayed skin, flattened out, expansive, and stretched on the wall in front of an exhibition audience. Installation visitors are invited to investigate these immersive specimen-walls, up close with Daly; like detectives at the scene of a crime.


Photo Credits and Descriptions: Building Site3P

Architectural rendering for installation proposal by TWO SAINT CLAIR STUDIO, 2019 ||| Daly on location performatively photographing Site3P in central Madrid, Spain; photos by EQUIPO MAAD, 2018-2019 ||| HALF-LIFE Specimen photo fragments, 17" inches square each (2019) and Madrid studio installation test maquete by Ann Burke Daly, 2019.

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