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Gallery Artists > Sigrid Viir

Sigrid Viir

Awful Pretty Pipe Neck

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Awful Pretty Pipe Neck
pigment print on aluminium, glazed tile stand 45x30cm 2016

The focus of the “Awful Pretty Pipe Neck” lies in applying the concept of catachresis to serve visual material in order to free the photograph from being an iconic symbol. Catachresis is the clash of two metaphors, deliberate error for emphasizing something where contradictory notions are juxtaposed while ignoring the common use of the word. Metaphors play an important part in what is real for us. It is not only a rhetoric technique but a trope that influences reality and daily behaviour. The meaning of words is not related to their similarity with the world. A photograph should be rather viewed as an independent object than simply a representation.

“Awful Pretty Pipe Neck” is a curious, arbitrary way to tell stories that are almost half-long, to change the direction of ready-made objects depending on the position between the objects and on whose eyes are looking at them.

Series of 17 photos