BEFORE AND AFTER, restoring the natural order
Mixed media (quadratic 50 x 50 cm each printed photograph on silk, hand-operated with pigment and golden threads / heartbeat sound landscape, video 1920 x 1080, codecs h 264 duration 8 min 30 s, audio 2 cannels / performance, aging self care and control action in circular format, duration 20 min / installation, gold frame and folding table with pigments and gold leaf, red lipstick, variable measures).
Before and After fits into a highly significant context: designed in 2015, it anticipated the emergence of mobile applications developed to automatically generate highly realistic facial changes, such as the well-known FaceApp, launched in early 2017. This work anticipates a historical context marked by the massive construction of a self that is far from reality and subject to a constant search for aesthetic perfection and eternal youth, also driven by the use of smartphone filters. With this work, the artist uses photo editing programs to age: instead of becoming younger, she projects herself into the future as an act of rebellion against the acceptance of imposed aesthetic norms. Her face is divided in two and represents a first and an after that restores the natural order of things, whereas the second half shows a body marked by the passing of time that has not yet taken place.