Offerings - Work in progress, statement in progress
Offerings is a project that uses the wet plate collodion process, graphic design and three dimensional wood work to explore transculturalism and ancestrality.
I used the wet plate collodion process to make pictorial tableau tintype photographs of myself holding and/or manipulating objects in reference to Western African religion rituals. The use of wet plate collodion as a traditional european medium frames Offerings as a work that direct dialogues with the history of photography and its transcultural implications. As a Brazilian living in US, and as a descendent of Western African and European people, I then added myself as the subject, eliminating and intermediation. I make then an imagined community of myself and my ancestrality. Each tintype refers to an specific deity worshiped in Western African religion, which is present through the Americas, including United States, where I find myself living in the present days. Thus, photography here is used as a vehicle to navigate transculturalism.
I addition to the tintypes, inside the wooden case, there are abstract colorful fabric which the design resemble African inspired modernist paintings. Each print refers to an specific deity as well. The presence of color, modern design and fabric taps on the issue of trasnculturlima in the history of art, and offers a visual contrast to the pictorial tintypes they accompany.
Finally, the wooden case is made in similar mode as the victorian cases for daguerreotypes. However, they acquired their own attributes one the subject is no longer solely made of European interests. I use Iroko wood, as it is a Western African tree worshiped there and in the Americas as a deity of ancestrality. Therefore, ancestrality literary embraces each piece.