Anatom VII - Mixed Media. X-ray film, Aluminum, stainless steel. 40X50 Cm. 2020
In 1895, during his research on the phenomenon of luminescence produced by cathode rays, Wilhelm Röntgen discovered the X-ray. He observed that this new radiation was extremely penetrating and capable of printing a photographic plate. Thus, the idea of making the very first X-ray in history, that of the hand of his wife, Anna Bertha Röntgen, was born. The first session of radiography took place in Paris one month later and the international scientific community realized the importance of this discovery when applied to medicine.
In 1997, while searching for a link between silk screening and photography (literally building a mini Guillotine device to spread mechanically the emulsion) I discovered the way to positive X-Ray imaging. I transformed my studio into a very specific hospital department: I select models / patients to constitute a wide range of physiognomies and make them pose all the same way as if they were at a radiologist: standing still for a long time, eyes closed, they drown into an internalized silence, all typology of expression vanishes till the essence of the person emerges. Over the years, the field of action has expanded to include geological elements apprehended as organs and Rayograms, in homage W. Röntgen and his non-medical experiments that led to the discovery of the X-ray. I have found in this medium, a support for a plastic exploration, in an unceasing quest for revelations between the visible and invisible world. Today, like photography and cinema, analog radiography is being supplanted by digital imaging and X-ray films are becoming obsolete.
We are witnessing the end of a cycle.