Orit Ishay, Someone has been sleeping In My Bed, 2017 © Orit Ishay
Orit Ishay, Someone has been sleeping In My Bed, 2013 © Orit Ishay
Orit Ishay, Someone has been sleeping In My Bed, 2008 © Orit Ishay
Each photograph in the Someone Has Been Sleeping in My Bed series displays the same body in distinctly different interior settings that have their unique style, character, theme, fashion, and atmosphere.
A man is lying on a bed without moving. The position of his body suggests no action by maintaining an immobile posture as if he is dead; it feels like the body will remain completely still. The positioning of his hands raises a suspicion; it is not clear for the viewer whether it was staged to manipulate how the body must be seen and experienced. Nevertheless, the same body posture also stimulates a scene of sleep. Therefore, the photograph creates a tidal situation between life and death.
Someone Has Been Sleeping in My Bed designates a binary orientation in line with the contemporary discourse of photography: on the one hand, each photograph focuses on visible reality, yet on the other hand, it relates to its photographic trace to various interpretative fields, rooted in pre-existing connotations. Therefore, these photographs question our perception of reality and the medium itself by creating another layer of complexity of vision and gaze on space, time and perspective.
Exhibition run: 22.03. – 04.05.2019
Opening: 21.03.2019, 7 p.m.
Curator: Basak Senova
Photographer: Orit Ishay
25.03.2019, 19:00 Uhr: Discussion (ENG)
Discussion with Orit Ishay (Photo Artist), Basak Senova (Curator of the exhibition) and Christine Bruckbauer (philomena+)
Moderation: Marina Grzinic, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien
Lehargasse 8, 1060 Vienna