Francesca Beltran
CHOREOMANIA

Choreomania

CHOREOMANIA

CHOREOMANIA

In Choreomania, moving bodies break apart into kaleidoscopic rays of light as phantasmagoric shapes move across the paper and melt into abstraction. Ambiguous movements allow for endless associative possibilities: ecstasy or desperation, hysteria or meditation, absolute control or complete entropy, bound only by the frame of each photograph. Loneliness and togetherness permeate the images in equal parts reflecting on the isolating effects of our contemporary culture, in which these opposites constantly collide. Individuality becomes blurred and morphs into collectivity with a shared sense of disorder and anxiety. Interlaced by an allusive sensuality, a slow dance between oppositional forces arises, tying the individual bodies unequivocally together.

Shot during Belligerent Eyes | 5K Confinement at Fondazione Prada in Venice, these images are the photographic result of a collaborative social experiment in which 50 participants danced in an increasingly confined space at Ca’Corner della Regina. The project was driven by the conviction that we must search with renewed urgency for new ways to be in common, and create the social through the acts of sharing spaces and situations. The film titled “no-body” derived from an exploration on how live streams and data feeds modify our sense of time and space, as well as create authentic feelings of belonging and participation. Collectively we experience a crisis of togetherness.

First exhibited in BodiesNotApart, at GlogauAIR Berlin, 2017.

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