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DISPLAY, BERLIN, GERMANY

MARIANA HAHN

EROS AND THANATOS MADE A CHILD

4 July - 29 August 2021

10.00 AM - 07.30 PM

Eros and Thanatos Made a Child is a mixed installation reflecting the diversity of techniques employed by the artist: photography, film, sculpture, and various materials and objects subjected to processes of transformation, as through fossilization, decay, or corrosion. Taking a casting made at the archaeological site of Pompeii as her point of departure, the work is like a homage to photography—an art whose origins might be said to be in the first tracings of the human figure. It is like seeing a snapshot of the body that was buried here beneath lava 2,000 years ago. The salt and copper visible in the installation likewise refer to a material history of the photographic medium, while the animated images—obtained with the aid of a Super 8 camera with its lens removed—have the grainy appearance of the earliest heliographic experiments, where the human figure appears as little more than a phantom.