Fabrik: Much of your work has a decidedly cinematic aesthetic, where you also reference and romanticize, as well as complicate, the myriad ways in which we understand and depict the 60s, 70s and early 80s eras. These periods seem so crucial with regard to defining certain notions about individuality and personal freedom from the restrictions of ‘society.’ As you continue to explore moving images, through your short films Despair and the soon to premiere La Petite Mort, what do you hope to say about how and what we see, as the ‘compulsive spectators’ we have become? AP: I suppose I just really hope you like the photographs and film enough to want to look and make your own conclusions. I can only give my take on what I’m feeling in the world, but everyone is feeling it in different ways. Maybe technology has been able to give us the impression we’re really connected because we know what’s going on, but I personally feel very disconnected sometimes. Especially when reading about some of the less thrilling things going on in the world that I feel very emotional towards but can do nothing about. It’s a false connect in a way and gives me a bit of a helpless feeling towards it all. I’m left staring at my computer.
Prager’s new work furthers her exploration of subversive narratives through the construction of “scenes” inspired by media tragedies and paired with emotive close-ups of eyes. The eyes, whether interpreted as belonging to the viewer or the subject, operate as a mode of investigation — an aid to decoding the scenes and implicating the viewer by provoking an emotional response.
Inspired by the photography of Weegee and Enrique Metinides and films such as Metropolis and Un Chien Andalou, Compulsion confirms Prager’s vivid cinematic aesthetic. Unlike her previous work, however, the protagonists now remain anonymous and distant. Prager’s new series investigates the complexity of observation within a society inundated by compulsive spectators, as well as the recurrent discourse in photography—that “meaning” is often derived from a multiplicity of gazes. Web fabrikmagazine.com
Celebrating MOPLA (Month of Photography Los Angeles), Issue 16 of Fabrik concentrates on Photography with profiles of the inimitable Catheri...