João Marchante presents his new photographic work, Photo-Synthesis, a reflection on the little daily gestures and the little things we have in common and simultaneously make us unique from a female figure point of view.
The set of images recreate a girl’s everyday environments from a distant and fragmented perspective as absorbed by the spectator´s gaze. This brief framing sequence that resembles film stills, registers moments of initiation into adulthood through the portrait of a young woman who lives absorbed between her reserved world with its own rituals and codes and the outside world.
Inspired by triviality and by the perception of visual evidence that appears before us, but often goes unnoticed, these large ten color prints, cleverly staged by the photographer, present an unstable vision of the human landscape exposing interiors, intimacy, dreams and secrets, ranging from family space to reverie.
Ambiguous visual sensations of pleasure and voyeuristic tendencies inhabited by clichés and memories arise instinctively. The common places presented here stimulate reflection on the silence that isolates the eternally bored and contemplative teenager, as well as initiation rites characteristic of the age conveying a feeling both familiar and distant. The seducive girl’s long hair, a symbol of femininity and beauty is naturalistic, but denotes a certain ambiguity in the threshold between archetype and personal. The habitat of the girl is simple and rudimentary in isolated details and textures. The furniture is basic and the pose relaxed.
Although the environments are staged, there is the a certain ease of the subject in mundane activities and repetitive domestic scenes, inhabiting the various rooms of the flat away from indiscreet looks where we dare to do things we would not contemplate during broad daylight and where we can be ourselves. The sensuality of her body forms contrasts with austerity of the subjected space reduced to a minimum of objects. Her presence conveys a sense of security, but also a great deal of existential anxiety denouncing existential melancholy. The eternal teenager represented here as an object of desire and raised to the category of heroine resembles a modern anti-heroine with a vulnerable identity reflection of contemporary society. Facial expressions convey anxiety, silence and distance on the meaning of the image depicting the character in an enigmatic, contemplative or absent way leaving the identity of the person who inhabits unresolved.
Marchante takes images that seduce and bind by its subject matter, urging the viewer to reflect on the relationship between inner nature and external nature of the subject looking through images and returning the gaze.
Adriana Delgado Martins