Toned cyanotypes on cotton paper
Image: 8 x 10.5 in.
Sheet: 11 x 14 in
In 2020, magazines and newspapers displayed masked human beings all around. Fear, paranoia, and uncertainty became a global struggle for humanity. Since then, seeing the world through a plastic shield or behind a mask has become necessary in the fight for survival everywhere.
During the isolation time, the overwhelming printed information in magazines and newspapers became my new way to interact with the surrealism of the apocalyptic landscape highlighted by empty public spaces. Were TV, media, and printed information the safest ways to "leave home" without getting sick? Since then, the materiality, pristine, and sharpness of the images published in magazines have challenged how we access reality.
For this series of camera-less prints, magazine pages were exposed on photographic paper (lumen prints). The translucent materiality of these sheets created a double exposure effect. These uncontrolled results were scanned, edited, and reprinted on paper using cyanotype toned with tea. The way these prints are made is a translation of the mental process I've been exposed to. They are concepts and abstractions of how I am still dealing with these uncertain times when political interests are mixed with people's health and lives.