Umbra Pictura

Self-Love Among the Ruins, Любовь среди руин, Umbra pictura
UMBRA PICTURA, 2018. Photobooth

Umbra Pictura—the antonym of Lux Picturа (light painting, photography in Latin)—is the praise of shadows. Shadows as the antonym of light represent the basic component of painting. Shadows were a source of fascination for ancient people. According to Pliny the Elder, painting originated from “shadow painting”. The daughter of the ancient Greek potter Butades, considered one of the first ancient Greek sculptors, on learning that her beloved was leaving Corinth on a military expedition, decided to draw an outline of his profile on the walls of her house tracing the shadow cast by a lamp so that the image of her beloved would always be with her. According to Plato, we can only make judgments on the real world of ideas from the bleary shadows on the walls of a cave, where senses are imprisoned. The photobooth prosected by Paperno (the flash is located behind the individual and as a result you end up with your silhouette instead of a selfie) is an excursion into the laboratory of images, an ironic comment on the dispute on the role of light and shadow underlying the notion of painting.

Exhibition “Self-Love among the Ruins” at Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow
Curated by Ekaterina Inozemtseva
November 13–December 13, 2018
Exhibition views by Anastasia Soboleva