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Wanda Detemmerman is fascinated by transformation, the changeability of everything: a child that grows up, a man who becomes a woman, 
the life experiences which constantly redefine our identity but also the transformation that every form of energy continuously undergoes.

Transformation is the leitmotiv in her work.

With this exhibition, Wanda is critiquing the profound transformation which social media brings about in our way of communicating and how it impacts on our everyday life. 
The like-culture on which contemporary human relationships are based, has gotten out of hand, according to her. The 'fake it till you make it' has even grown into a presidential policy in the US, propelled and fed by social media. 
It is, furthermore, also very disturbing how social media commodifies our social life thereby negating our right to privacy.

This fake world constructed and sustained by social media impacts fundamentally our way of communicating and therefore also on our cultural consciousness, since communication lies at the heart of every form of culture,
InSight touches upon these themes with a simple metaphor: the glasses. The hazy lenses represent 'looking but not seeing' and also emphasize the search for our inner-self.

The photographic style is understated to highlight the essence of the metaphor. It references the stately portraits of 1950s Hollywood, combined with the strange surreal look of a steamed pair of glasses.

The choice of materials to print the photographs on is an innovative alloy of concrete.
This grey industrial touch accentuates the graphic aspect of her photography and also speaks to the essence of her portraits, namely alienation.

The master piece is the real Dorian Gray based on the character of Oscar Wilde.

The second image will be a copy of the original, the third a copy of the second and so further on.... The image in the portrait ages while the master piece (DG) remains young.

Dorian Gray is a man who became immortal via an enchanted portrait of himself by Basil Hallward. His image in the portrait ages while Dorian himself remains young, and whenever he is injured the painting takes the damage while Dorian instantly regenerates.

Text © Lucas Bleyen 2019
Translation © Bart Cammaerts 2019

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