Mirror without a memory
This project springs from my own personal battle against a phase of extreme loneliness, in London. I revisited my digital albums archive. Stories and memories contained therein (which I though erased) were resurrected. Those photos aided remembrance, more or less truthful, assuming the shape of personal dialogues.
I naturally and spontaneously began to select, print and cut small excerpts and fragments of those images and their stories.
The next step was to directly intervene in the created images. Time-dissolved images turned opaque; past narratives, previously mystery-shrouded, soon became present.
By (re)shooting these images, new objects emerged, new subjects, new narratives, which built a new discourse around them. These have led me to ideas of transformation and aging, to something associated with time.
Whilst analysing questions of time, transformation, aging, Oscar Wilde's (Dublin 1854, Paris 1900) "Portrait of Dorian Gray" sprung to mind.
Basil Hallward, artist painter, friend of Dorian Gray, enchanted by the young man's beauty, decided to portray it full-length.
Seeing the painting, Dorian realized that his beauty would disappear with the passage of time, and thus manifested a desire (which is granted) to exchange his soul for eternal youth. His portrait would decay in his place.
Dorian, pursues a dissolute life of debauchery, including crime by murdering his friend Basil. His youth and seduction persist, unaffected by age- its marks manifest only in a decaying picture.
In Wilde's work, it is the portrait that undergoes transformation, not Dorian. His external appearance is preserved, whilst his interior is irreversibly corroded.
Conversely, this photographic series depicts exterior transformation reflected in the dissolved images, whilst their concealed appeal remains unaltered by the time's passing.
The photos are multi-layered. When peeled back, they allow the observer to be suspended in a certain time, through contemplation. This breaks the spell, and decodes the hidden poetic form of his images, which remain unchanged.
In this photographic series, the artist dissolves images, fragments of time, a time of memories. As if those were mirrors. Mirrors reflecting life's true reality and loneliness.
School of Humanities
MA Photography, 2017
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David Infante is an artist working predominantly with traditional black and white photography.
The artist’s main theme is time, space-time, both to the idea of identity, absence, memory, representation and transformation. Despite his multi-fold and multi-themed projects, the dominating subject of 'time/space time evidences his particular interest in timeless photography.
- BA in Visual Arts variant Multimedia, University of Évora, Portugal, 2013
- Hechos, La Ira De Dios Gallery, Buenos Aires 2016,; 123 90 948, Modulo Gallery, Lisbon 2012,; Bes Revelação, Serralves Museum, Porto 2008/2009,; À Flor da Pele, Portuguese Center of photography, Porto 2007
- Bes Revelação Award, Serralves Museum, Portugal 2008; Pedro Miguel Frade Award, Portuguese Center of photography, Portugal 2006,