Heroes and Heroines, 2012 - 13

In the series Heroes and Heroines frontal studio portraiture are associated with the protagonists of classical tragedies, operas and theatre. Excerpts from works in their original language form a pedestal of text supporting the virtual ‘bust’, confirming the importance of public sculpture (and speech) in the preservation of collective memory. The neutral expression, the bare shoulders, the finely shaped faces encounter Shakespeare’s Othello or the Helen of Euripides’ Trojan Women forming an archetypal, paradoxical star-system. Does the aura of a face change when paired with an epic name? Where does photography’s potential to blend the real with the invented stop?