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Eva Kalpadaki (Curator) presents us with an artefact, a document of Photography, in a conceptual play to subvert the idea associated with it of seamlessly recording everything that stands out there in the world in front of the camera’s lens.  Kalpadaki enters a performative act of slashing the surface of an unexposed 5x4˝ black and white negative. A cameraless image produced from scanning the processed negative becomes the witness of this violent act as it carries all the traces of her forceful gesture that disturbs the flatness of its seamless surface. The visual result is an abstract pictorial space, which seems to be ‘bleeding’ from the traces caused by the deformation act of slashing.


Her work is concerned with issues regarding the utopian idea of ‘flatness’ of modernist painting and the ‘seamlessness’ of photography, which she challenges by engaging in the abstract expressionist act of slashing the medium’s surface that resonates with Lucio Fontana’s 1960 Spatial Concept `Waiting'. But unlike Fontana’s elaborate act of cutting the raw canvas, here Kalpadaki has forcefully violated the surface of the negative in an attempt to beat its resistance. Blindly handling the negative in a dark bag, her only guide were the tactile sensations between her hands and the materiality of the negative.


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