Since years and I
got used to travel by train to Muenster City, in North
Rhine-Westphalia? in Germany in order to see my daughter
who lives over there. I used to take the train from
a small village near by my residence, Belen. My trip
used to take an hour and most of the times i was taking
the same train on the way back trip. My eyes caught
several things inside and outside the train, I see faces,
incidents, billboards and street Ads. whose some of
sticks in my mind and became a very important sign to
remember the trip as something from the west, and other
things just passes away. One of the things stuck to
my mind the digital information lighting board that
shows the train's direction and the next stop, lifted
in a very clear place in the train so that not to miss
it and this is very usual in the west. Also, a big poster
for a new perfume including a beautiful ads. girl semi
naked, black and white hanged on all the train stops
walls stuck to my mind.
The one hour trip was passing on
my mind as time for memories from the east where I came
from, to tell my daughter about or to compare between
both societies the eastern and the western. In most
of the times i used to reach Muenster and visit my daughter
to spend the day with her without saying a lot about
the east that i was planning to tell her about. I discovered
that I didn't describe our eastern society and its people
as i wanted to.
I found myself in the primary record
stage in front of a huge number of photos, uncountable
icons, showing the culture of eastern societies, like
street selling traditions, conversations between people
and handicrafts manufacturing, also the culture of walls
and its decorations by posters or drawings or words,
and the culture of the inner place ..... etc. All of
which gathered in one frame which is hints from the
east, beautifully consisted, unified color, and has
no job link.
Each photo shows an individual
case and not related to the others obviously, sometimes
that photos are related to each other some other times
there is contradiction between a photo and the other
and most of them are different. I didn't use the face
for one subject, nor using the street selling culture
as an individual subject but I used so many subjects
at the same time. First of all is to clarify "the
memories state" for the east memories, where as
a matter of fact I found myself dreaming and contradicting
all what my camera catches and changing the photo by
the modifications I make using the computer adding or
removing something. So, the photos showed incidents,
stories and people's faces with new graphical point
of view, after modifications and adding to the primary
In the second stage it was necessary
to find new signs and, as I usually do referring to
my mixed nature of the eastern and western culture.
The digital information lighting board with its various
signs comes from the west, and the western promo girl,
laying semi naked, reflects the western culture, but
they don't complete the memories idea alone. I'm the
one who links the incidents together putting them in
serial photos inside intential organization. I'm the
mixture between the east and the west, and who's not?
I added the Romanian head looking
to the incidents in all the photos facing the incidents
in order to record, analyze it to say stories about
later. The head doesn't have a specific role sometimes
it appears clearly in the photo some other times it
just appears as a shadow. A head that shares the eastern
society trying to interact with and understand them,
to feel what they feel from happiness and sadness.
Comes with the Romanian head with
the western icon another head seeing the incidents with,
but it's changed from one photo to another, it takes
a fair situation in all the photos even people faces
having a sight and interfere in the east that it didn't
understand but nestologies from the history, like photos
and incidents with eastern presence, not more than signs
from the past negative sometimes and other times just
beautiful, simple and innocent. It's photos from countries,
sometimes the promo girl appears looking to the incident
as a sign showing the and poverty. other times one sign
is more than enough and describe it with strange photos
about the west.
Between the Romanian Head sign interfering in the incidents
looking to the face of the promo girl and the train
information board showing the train direction to Muenster
appears a white lighting line in all the photos, relates
between the images making a relation between the presence
and the memories as if it is the real express of my
memories from the east.
|Left & Right, 60 x
80 cm, digital print, 2008.
|Jesus and Us, 60 x 80 cm,
digital print, 2008.
| Mermaid & Roman Violence,
60 x 80 cm, digital print, 2008.
|Bahari glasses optician, 60 x 80
cm, digital print, 2008.