Natasha Caruana, Rencontres d’Arles 2015
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
Natasha Caruana’s photography is part ethnography, part performance. For her, it is a way of writing about things she wants to study. based on personal experience, her photographic stories—Married Man, Fairytale for Sale, The Other Women, The Detective, and Love Bomb—are about love affairs, betrayal, and fantasies.
Ms. Caruana, winner of the 2014 BMW residency at the Musée Nicéphore Niépce, is trying to find out the truth about love at first sight. Married just a few days before her residency started, she draws from her own life, popular myths, and research by neuroscientists, biologists, and anthropologists. Through photography, she tries to get to the bottom of a phenomenon nobody has ever been able to explain.
‘The photographic image builds its discourse on samplings of reality, instants that we persist in believing are unquestionable. One may be sceptical about the point if one considers “love at first sight”, a violent act, but always silent, as though resistant to photography. Passion, and this moment in particular, is by nature inaccessible to the camera. It is easier to describe with words and, naturally, literature. Knowing that, natasha Caruana organises the singular relationship like a playwright telling a story in three acts: a re-enactment with a call for witnesses, a commentary on the scientific method, and a foray into the history of romantic passions.’
François Cheval, curator of the Musée Nicéphore Niépce
Exhibition curator: François Cheval.
Exhibition produced by BMW with support from the Musée Nicéphore Niépce.
Publication: Coup de foudre, éditions Trocadéro, 2015.
Prints by the Musée Nicéphore Niépce laboratory.
Mounting by ooblik.
Framing by Le temps apprivoisé.
Exhibition venue: Salle Henri-Comte.