sleepers #1-8

C-Print

Set of eight, ~ 84 x 11 1/2” each 

Participants: Kireilyn Barber and Pepe Duarte, Haruko Tanaka and Seema Kapur, Blandine Saint-Oyant and Andrews Reath, Bia Gayotto and Cameron Smith, Nena Amsler and Bill Rabe, Alvaro Perdices and Gustavo Santos, Yoko Ida and Brian Hart, Yong Soon Min and Allan de Souza.

 

Eight transnational couples were photographed during one night of sleep. Each couple chose colors of their bed sheets, covers and what to wear. The camera placed parallel to the bed recorded body movements every 42 minutes until they woke up and turned it off. These images challenge traditional notions of portraiture: although the person sleeping is physically present, unconscious they are not in direct control of their movements. This ‘involuntary choreography’ plays with notions of love and trust, privacy and control, presence and absence.