Victoria Mara Heilweil
I am taking a walk and when I see something that speaks to me, it asks to be photographed. Slowing down, I take the time to notice and give my full attention. Revealing what is right in front of me, I transform ubiquitous subjects that are often ignored and overlooked. A detective in the urban environment, I seek out marks, stains and traces of time within human presence - histories that are embedded and disguised. The photographs simultaneously represent specificity and abstraction. They fluctuate between the micro and the macro, and between the alluring and the abject. Each image is a fleeting moment, a spontaneous formation, and a surprising gesture. My art engages with the anti-spectacle, the quiet and the ordinary to celebrate a humble state of being, one that is very human.
The lineage for this work begins with Marcel Duchamp’s readymades, where any found object can become art. Later, Mierle Laderman Ukeles expanded on this to include found actions, habits and everyday activities. As a contemporary feminist artist I align my process with this history. In a society obsessed with wealth and fame, embracing the ordinary is a political act