anna malagrida

escaparates, 2008-2009
series of photographs
digigraphie (giclée print with pigmented inks on cotton paper)

The images of Escaparates (shop windows) concentrate on the visual device of the shop window, and identify with it, stripping away its customary usage and instead presenting it as a vehicle for contemplation. The focus of the work is the windows of Parisian businesses that are closing down; they are whitewashed, preventing any clear views of the interior. Thus, the viewer's gaze can switch to a reflection of the city as well as the physical borders of the windows themselves, inscribed with the marks of past activity. The tensions of the city are embodied within the form of an abstraction in these large images, which may therefore be viewed with remoteness.

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