New Skin / 2020

New Skin / 2020

On March 26, 2020 I photographed the first glove, without planning or thinking about it becoming an ongoing project. In one moment like everyone else I was asked to stay at home, In a new country, without family or many connections that I could hold on to.
The studies at the academy, that was the reason I came to Munich and also the place where I spent most of the time, were closed.
so, we had no place to work (But lots of emotions and things to say).
I decided to return the most basic materials and technics (that were available) and explore them in relation to my 'new body', and in relation to the new objects that became an integral part of it. Objects that limited and changed its movements.
The body has been always a central part of my work, and when the body changes its meaning, became dangerous or in danger, It felt my work must change as well.
What is the meaning of jewelry in times we are not allowed to touch? In times we're not allowed to meet other people? what is the meaning of the 'new' materials that I suddenly had to discover? whether in all the chaos, the violence that has increased, with all the fear, loneliness and insecurity, my hands can remain indifferent and stable, working the same way?
Institutions of art and culture were left closed, and we had to understand how can we continue working, and more important why, what is our role now?
I heard many opinions about it,
some were saying it's a role of comforting, being a beautiful distraction. Others said that beauty lies in a certain truth, that it's our role to tell, even if it's difficult or painful, to protest.
I don't feel l have answers to those questions. On the contrary I feel that it is especially important for me to stay in this questioning place, to emphasize my uncertainty and challenge all I know. saying maybe everything is true but maybe not.
Saying that in this moments, when I doubt my own body and its function, I must doubt everything else as well.
Thank you for sharing my doubts and your thoughts, that's helps a lot.

 © 2019 by Daniella saraya. 

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