Angelika Sher: Twilight sleep

4 - 29 September 2009

Angelika Sher’s new photographs read for me as a symbolic coded text. In most of them, the object appears to be a signifier. As in a dreaming state, the photograph does not focus on the horse, nor on a table set for a feast. The set of symbols follows the duality of the ritual and the quotidian, the sacred and the profane, beauty and revulsion. Strangely, when I investigate the photographs I can’t help recalling the Flemish tradition of Vanitas paintings. The highly symbolic memento mori motif, encompassing both death and purity, is central to this genre.