In a Pupa Relearning photography from a non-human perspective
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Pupa is usually defined as a stage of a metamorphic insect’s life (such as a butterfly, a moth, or a bee) that occurs between the Larva and the Imago. It is when an insect is enclosed in a cocoon or a protective covering and undergoes internal changes, in other words, a transformation, to reach a new stage. This work aims to treat photography as if it was in a Pupa: in a stage of transition, temporarity, and transformation.

As photography traditionally is an extremely controlled, fixed, and human-oriented process it speaks on hierarchy. By investigating conditions in which organisms such as bacteria, fungi, and plants live I aim to actively involve (as opposed to exploit) the non-human other in the photographic process in order to question the image and lose control as a maker. The process acts as a symbol for reunderstanding our environment, from an anthropocentric to an ecocentric perspective.

Bacterias and molds are invited to find home on film negatives and continuously alter the image. The images portray landscapes of the Netherlands, an environment that is thoroughly controlled by human. By growing various bacterias and molds on the film negatives, the control is given back to organic processes and the image is repurposed to become a place to live. Lastly, the knowledge of our worldview is challenged when fungi start growing out of classical books on ‘looking’, providing fruits for new knowledge.

It all comes together in one temporary, transformative matter which never looks or acts the same, where stillness and control are challenged.

Bacterial growth on 4x5 film negatives of Dutch landscape during 3 weeks.

Bacterial growth on 4x5 film negatives of Dutch landscape during 3 weeks.

Lumen walk

Lumen walk, fraction with soil and roots

Queer chestnut

On Emergence 1

Ways of Seeing

On Emergence 2

Publication view

Publication view