Curated by Lina Sunish Vincent
Venue: ADIL SHAH PALACE, PANJIM | ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE, PANJIM
Time: 10:30 – 18:30
Breath is the energy that keeps people alive, physically and spiritually. The next inhale continuously follows the previous exhale—but do they play with each other? If a breath lacks oxygen, it urges you to react quickly…
In Breath, Ana uses water to make breathing, the most common and universal human experience, take on a surrealistic dimension. Restricted by the hostile environment of water, the protagonists of this series of portraits are struggling for life. With their heads submerged, they float as they can. With their faces blurred, the subjects in the portraits look like paintings. In the cracks between surface and depth, the breath, peculiar to each human being, acts as a photographic filter. The bubbles modify the image of each individual according to their singular and peculiar adaptation under water. This aspect of the portrait was a way for the artist to voluntarily give up control over the subject, a way to counter the temptation to make everybody look the same.
Ana Bloom is a French photographer, art director and visual artist. After completing a BA in History and a Master Pro in Visual Art, she worked as a fashion producer, and as a photo assistant for renowned French portrait and fashion photographers. She launched her personal career in 1998, collaborating with magazines like Libération, Télérama, Marie Claire, Dazed and Confused, The Independent, Cosmopolitan, the trend company “Studio Edelkoort”, Milk Magazine, le Monde, and Private, among others. Some of the biggest international brands have relied on her to build their image. Her art revolves around questions of identity and questions our relationship with nature and the environment. She has also worked on assignments for cultural institutions, creating art workshops for children in housing projects, which are sponsored by UNICEF. Her art has been collected by Contemporary Art Fond, and The Berezdivin Collection in Puerto Rico, and exhibited in France and the United States of America. She currently teaches at the Paris College of Art.
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