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Poklong ANADING, Anonymity (in detail), 2008-2010, black and white photographic film transparency, lightbox, 125 × 100 cm × 9 (piece). Courtesy of Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill.
Poklong ANADING, Anonymity (in detail), 2008-2010, black and white photographic film transparency, lightbox, 125 × 100 cm × 9 (piece). Courtesy of Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill.
Poklong ANADING, Anonymity (in detail), 2008-2010, black and white photographic film transparency, lightbox, 125 × 100 cm × 9 (piece). Courtesy of Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill.
 

Poklong ANADING

The work is comprised of photographic images displayed with an array of light-boxes. In creating the images, I enlisted the participation of friends, acquaintances, and strangers to pose with a circular mirror held in front of their faces, reflecting the blinding glare of the sun directly towards the camera lens. The heads of these “subjects” exploded in a corona of light, with their clothes, bearings, and background settings as the only legible markers of who they might be. In this, I place attention to the “background” or “field of forces” that configure the encountered Other – marking the subject at the same time it places it under erasure.

I’m interested in turning exploding the punctum of the face as the place of recognition into a vanishing point, the very place where identity slips free of reductive representation and “selfhood” becomes an ever-open term.

 

Poklong ANADING

Born in 1975, Manila, Philippines
Lives and works in Manila, Philippines


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