I found these photographs around the corner from where I live, next to a mountain of furniture. Most likely they were from someone who passed away from Covid-19…
The images depict someone’s living room with visible signs of life – a glass of beer on the table, a TV that’s playing – but there’s no person to be seen. Both of them show a slightly different perspective, seemingly trying to make something clear. What was it? Did the photographer want to capture the room as a keepsake for herself? Perhaps (s)he just wanted to be able to share it with others?
I reprinted the photographs on edible paper, using edible ink, and embedded them in alginate (granulated algae mixed with water). Because of the combination of these materials they will slowly dissolve over time. After a while some microorganisms might take over and create their own scenery.
This work was exhibited for the first time in November 2021 during the collective exhibition of Acid Salt (acid-salt.com) at murmur in Amsterdam–Noord.
Some of the documentation here was shot by Hedwich Rooks.
alginate, edible paper (sugar, glucose syrup, sorbitol, hydrogenated palm kernel oil, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate, locust bean gum, tragacanth, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose), edible ink (E20, E102, E110, E122, E133, E151, E202, E330, E422), wooden frames (20x30), found photography
“We can think of the world as made up things, of substances, of entities, of something that is (...) or we can think of it as made up events, of happenings, of processes, of something that occurs.”
— Carlo Rovelli (The Order of Time)