Nicole J. Cohen

Walk Away, 2017

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Chromogenic print
10.0 x 8.0 in (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
1 of 5
Signed on verso


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"Vintage is a photography project about displacement in time, fusing Black + White Photography from the 1940s and locations shot from 2016 to 2018. An overlay of two realities merging as a broken story board seems to show a fiction, that is a play on non-fiction.

Michel Foucault wrote, "I am hopelessly in love with a memory. An echo from another time, another place." Vintage represents a series of photographs of interrupted conversations. They are confronting and never allow a resolution but show you what you can imagine as an outcome. They break realities from one location to another as a synthesis of two images appear ghost like or haunting. In passing there is always a sense of displacement that occurs, maybe an awkward feeling or an attempt to belong. These works are about giving up on trying to be "present" and just existing, as did the city walkers of the 1940s and 50s in vintage photographs. The project consists of photographs and video. Vintage is the opposite of what the work I made from 2000-2009, projecting contemporary people into vintage interiors. My video works have been a layering of histories, activating still images (period rooms, vintage interiors) and ephemeral performers breathing life into spaces and now showing their occupancy in Vintage.

I lived in Berlin from 2006-10 and have been video projecting people into spaces since 2000, I think now the change in the static having a photograph to mark a point in time taking a grasp at trusting what you feel and never being to prove it. Like the overlap of you sitting on a bench where your grandmother sat and knowing she lived in the area."
-Nicole J. Cohen