1 / 6       Natasha Caruana, I Had Seen Her. Courtesy of the artist. © Rencontres Arles.
2 / 6       Natasha Caruana, The Thunderbolt. Courtesy of the artist.. © Rencontres Arles.
3 / 6       During the visit to the exhibition Coup de foudre by Natasha Caruana. © Stefania Biamonti/FPmag.
4 / 6       During the visit to the exhibition Coup de foudre by Natasha Caruana. © Stefania Biamonti/FPmag.
5 / 6       During the visit to the exhibition Coup de foudre by Natasha Caruana. © Stefania Biamonti/FPmag.
6 / 6       At the exhibition Coup de foudre by Natasha Caruana. © FPmag.

At first sight

The exhibition of Natasha Caruana speaks basically of love, of those fulminating passions, sudden and overwhelming that many will have had experience of in life, but nevertheless her approach is far from the sentimentality one normally associates and expects from this kind of topic.
The author, winner of the Résidence BMW au Musée Nicéphore Niépce 2014, investigates in fact the specific of the so-called love at first sight with a rigorous methodology, in a formal scientific setting, penetrating into the intricate web of emotions and feelings that make up the nature of this complex phenomenon through a mixture of languages apparently irreconcilable. Love at first sight is gutted and dissolved in a network of scientific, historical, literary and experiential data, where it is necessary to spend some time and a lot of attention to find Ariadne's thread and recreate the composite reading proposed by the author. It is in fact a stratified project on various interconnected levels – not always immediately accessible – where the intangible nature, and in some ways unfathomable, of the coup de foudre is imprisoned and somehow stripped of every suggestion to be analysed in great detail. What are shown along the path above all therefore are tables, graphs and schematisation of various natures in which photography provides a visual counterpoint.
An undoubtedly stimulating work intellectually, but the attempt to search for the truth about this phenomenon operated by Natasha Caruana – as defined by the curator François Cheval – has its price. Just like lying on the surgeon's table, love is in fact dissected in every physiological and emotional component, stripped of its warmth, of its mysterious aura and, with these, its unfathomable romance. While the attempt (successful) therefore is appreciated to approach the subject without giving a creepy sentimentalism, the other is the feeling that something is missing, that the heart of the phenomenon was only touched. The proposal of a rigorous, consistent and cohesive analysis on the subject, in which the photographic component is rightly subservient to the idea overall, is admirable, but at the end of the path what remains is the vague, cold feeling that what prevailed was not quite an exhaustive analytical process. [ S. B. ]

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AT FIRST SIGHT
by Natasha Caruana
Salle Henri - Compte | until August 30h, 2015
admission fee: 4,50 €

published on 2015-07-11 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS

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