LOOKS LIKE YOU TRIED TO GO SOMEWHERE THAT DOES NOT EXIST
Ornella Fieres toys with our senses and wits. The artist takes analogue and digital photographs. She takes photos of reality and of images. Images that she paints using Photoshop and images that become visible on screens. Some of the photographed images resemble reality. Others are loose image inventions. We can never be sure what it is that we are looking at. This not-knowing relates to the images themselves as well as the depicted. And even if Ornella Fieres’ photographs depict something that really took place, it is never entirely clear whether what we see is a document or a mise-en-scène. Ornella Fieres deceives our viewing patterns and expectations but she also shows that we, children of the internet age, can cope with that insecurity without a problem.
Looks like you tried to go somewhere that does not exist
...is what a computer says after clicking on a link whose target page has already been erased from the Internet’s memory. This sentence, which is almost philosophically romantic, reminds us of the fact that behind the virtual universe there is a real human being, which has programmed the very same thing. Moreover, it is remini- scent of the fact that “going” has a different meaning in relation to the Internet.
28 November 2015 – 9 January 2016