“Self-portrait has always been one of the central genres in the history of art. The artist himself is the best-studied model who is always available. In the 20th century self-portrait began to reflect increasingly the inner world of the artist, the one that was so difficult to capture in photography, which, in turn, has given the portrait a new life thanks to its mass availability and unprecedented opportunities to quickly spread around.
© Elena Kholkina, from the series “Go-Went-Gone”
In Go-Went-Gone I attempt to analyze exactly the state of photography shaped by mass reproduction and digital technologies, where images are reproduced infinitely and are subject to manipulation even after losing their main object. Artistic gesture of deliberate digital destruction of self-portraits raises the topics of inner and outer freedom, self-perception of the artist’s body, the interaction of analog and digital in the modern consciousness, transition from one reality to another, specialties of the flow of time in the current reality.”
The project consists of a set of posters, stickers and a video sequence, self-portraits in which exist independently of the original photographs and make unpredictable journeys.
The project was exhibited in SOKOL CCA Moscow in October-November 2014 in the “Space of no exception” exhibition.
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