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Amandine Alessandra

when did photography become relevant to you as a form of expression? what was the inspiration?

I actually trained as a video/installation artist in Marseilles. I was interested by the experience of perceiving oneself as if someone else, from outside.   Freud described it as Das Unheimliche ("The 'Uncanny') when recounting the anecdote of him mistaking his own silhouette for a stranger's in the mirrored door at the end of his train compartment. Bruce Nauman's work has always been a huge source of inspiration. I'm especially thinking of this installation in which the spectator goes through a corridor, being recorded by a video camera on his back, whose picture is projected in front of him on a screen at the end of the corridor.   He follows himself as if it was someone else, alienated by a vision of himself he isn't used to. And obviously he can never see his face. It’s the same primitive experience as the one of a monkey mistaking his own reflection for a sibling's. It is also the myth of Narcissus, falling in love with is own image on the water. More and more my video work came to be very long still shots, often about the human figure in the landscape, and it's very naturally that film became photography. would you consider yourself obsessed with other peoples experiences? do they attract you as a measure to your own life?

The series Follow, Strangers, Sleepers and Purposivelessness all depict the Other as a fortress. When gazing at someone for a long time, without making eye-contact, that person remains unaccessible: nothing happens as no communication occurs.   It’s the same experience as the one we come across when scrutinising someone in the tube and looking away slightly ashamed when the person suddenly turns back to us, as one becomes the object of the gaze. In my pictures this moment is delayed forever.

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