In The Next Door Room
Photography of Lise Sarfati

Lise Sarfati

The awakening of adolescence has been a recurring theme that has always fascinated a great many visual artists; conflicts of identity, physical metamorphosis, psychological instability, emerging sexual and emotional sensations within young people are all themes which, in particular, have appeared in photography ever since it was first developed.

 

Lise Sarfati

Lise Sarfati

Lise Sarfati

Lise Sarfati

…In most cases, beneath the aesthetic beauty of each image, we can detect “anomalies,” and there is not a single attractive element in which an underlying threat is not more or less implied. In fact, one of the things which makes us most uneasy is the fact that – even in the scenes of blatant exhibitionism – most of the characters photographed seem distanced from our view and there seems to be an insuperable separation between their world and our own.

 

Lise Sarfati

Lise Sarfati

Lise Sarfati

Lise Sarfati

Lise Sarfati

The young people intuitively know that the severe visual intrusion adults have subjected them to is linked to their physical metamorphosis and their sexuality, to that ambiguously emotional territory where they have entered, which adults are unable to access, and which they themselves will have to leave before very long. All this crystallizes into an unnerving game between voyeurism and exhibitionism that configures an imaginary space for seeking out the ‘other,’ the ‘other’ which we all know can be found within ourselves. It is a search carried out through ‘signs’ that range from clothing to make-up and hairstyle, from the vulnerable show of affection to the brazen, obscene gesture, from the timidly seductive pose to insolent exhibitionism…

–Javier Panera Cuevas / Domus Artium Salamanca

 

Lise Sarfati

Lise Sarfati

Lise Sarfati

Lise Sarfati

Lise Sarfati

I make all the works I do belong to my own identity instead of being an observation of the world. My own experience drives me and I realize that my experiences of life were perceived more through the eyes of my youth rather than adulthood. I am interested in all sorts of projections. Also, I will never do a mise-en-scene which will come only from my imagination or my mind; I will use the potential of the personage to give me a lot of possibilities and I will take a lot from them. –Lise Sarfati, Interview with Robert Wiedenfeld / ASX

 

In The Next Door Room
Photography of Lise Sarfati
Text by Javier Panera Cuevas / Domus Artium Salamanca

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