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Kristin Man, A-mare. Photographic sculptures of a world without borders
On display at the Andrea Nuovo Home Gallery, photography becomes a means of experimentation to investigate the perception of places between sea and land by removing borders ... not only geographic
Kristin Man was born in Hong Kong. She holds British and Canadian citizenships. She consecrates her work on relational identity "by investigating the concept that the fluidity of our oceans symbolizes the fusion of sorts and our unconscious into a single flow".
She is a photographer of her own kind and a "user of photography".
The first time I met Kristin Man, it was at the opening of an exhibition in an art gallery. She was in the company of a mutual friend. After a few seconds that we were introduced, she asked me if I wanted to go to a party in Capri the following Sunday. [in reality “the party” was actually my book presentation on “9_9” at Andrea Ingenito’s Gallery in Capri at that time]
I didn't know who she was but over time I understood the meaning of that invitation: it is his way of seeing life, his way of relating to the community of humans. Universal, without borders. Neither geographic, nor race, nor sex or religion or social status: the world is made up of people. Period.
The Photography of Kristin Man
Kristin Man, thanks to her being "out-border", beyond the borders, for A-mare she used photography in an unusual but appropriate way to the concept of the works.
I believe that we are going through a transition phase in which photography has all the conditions to become something else, developing multiple communication potentials through new ways of operating.
A bit like when photography was consolidated in the 19th century and painting could no longer have a purely documentary purpose, starting to bypass its now obsolete rules. From Impressionism onwards.
And I believe that it is not even a question of simply wanting to make art when the usual methods of the photographic medium are kept in the margin. As in all the transition phases, there is research and experimentation. The artist is the experimenter, the individual who can open the doors to new opportunities when the scientist, the technologist, do not get there.
Kristin Man is a photographer who understood this. Photography becomes for her the means and not the end. The means to trace that relationship of relational identity by adopting experimentation.
A-mare, the seas of the world lived by Kristin Man
Kristin Man is a citizen of the world and her being always traveling between one continent and another, can only benefit her creatively as it is a receptor of inputs of different cultures and visions.
Its intimate matrix has preserved that typical oriental culture which in our imagination reminds us of what puts body and mind in synergy. On the same wavelength. A system where everything is connected.
Whether it is the meaning, the art of origami or the oriental philosophy, the "cause and effect", the Yin and Yang balance or certain typical Chinese games, by observing the works of Kristin Man we are brought back to these contexts.
A-mare is an overlap of sea and landscapes around the world. Interweaving of places from all continents. Planes with curved stripes, recalling the waves of the sea, which blend together as could be the dreamlike and perceptive fusion of our memories. The unconscious overlaps what we are unable to focus on in our memory.
It is a demolition of not only geographical but temporal boundaries. The day and the sunrise coexist in the same frame, the waters of Marechiaro and the forests of Canadian fir trees intercept.
A-mare is a philosophy of life, the mutual influence of social relations. A way of expressing the existence of the reciprocity of things.
Tapestries, photographic sculptures, and Kristin Man's haute coutre
With her manual artisan skills, Kristin Man has created works that are handcrafted, in the best sense of the term.
In the gallery you can see the matrices of some tapestries printed on plush fabrics made with the recycling of plastic bottles from the sea.
Other works are photographic sculptures, some enclosed in plexiglass cases, the depth of which depends on the “sweetness” or otherwise of the sea waves. For a stormy sea, the intertwining of the curvilinear stripes is more tangled and protruding towards the observer.
A stand for clothes collects kimonos and other accessories that reproduce the images of Kristin Man.
And, last but not least, a bed with a canopy-like adorned and covered with A-mare style fabrics titled “Seabed of Unconscious”, with reference to Carl Jung. It is a bed/sofa not only to look at but to try, with friends, for that free, boundless sense of which Kristin Man, a "migrant from Venus", consecrates herself as a universal ambassador of hospitality and human relations.
A-mare, di Kristin Man
Andrea Nuovo Home Gallery
Via Monte di Dio, 61 – Napoli
Dal 25 ottobre al 24 gennaio 2020
Dal martedì al venerdì: h. 10.15 – 13.15 /16.30 – 19.00 Lunedì, sabato e domenica su appuntamento (tel. 081 18638995)