Lise Sarfati – The New Life og Austin, Texas
Magnum-fotograf Lise Safati er bedst kendt for sine serier af teenagere, især kvinder, der forsøger at finde ud af, hvem de er, hvad de skal lave og hvor de skal hen. De (for)klæder sig i opsigtsvækkende tøj, de gemmer sig bag overdreven makeup, de sidder på deres værelser. Uanset om de ryger, drikker kaffe eller hænger ud, er de inaktive. Måske venter de. På at noget underholdende eller interessant skal ske.
Kunsthallen Nikolaj skriver bl.a. i forbindelse med en udstilling af hendes The New Life-serie:
I 2003 rejste Lise Sarfati gennem USA og fotograferede unge mennesker i deres egne hverdagsomgivelser og -situationer. På én og samme tid viser hun os de amerikanske teenagere som individer og som bærere af universelle sindstilstande. Med stor følsomhed over for de portrætterede skildrer hun den komplekse og skrøbelige teenage-identitet. Tiden, hvor følelsen af at være både emotionelt og fysisk malplaceret, er fremherskende, og hvor disse følelser forstærkes og leves med et intenst nærvær.
Twin Palms skriver om The New Life:
Though undeniably photodocumentary in nature, Sarfati’s work is defined through an opposition to the editorial urge to fix narratives to her subjects. Her images create a loose, layered and intensely rich visual project that allows us, the viewers, to consider the complexities of any place or time, triggering emotions and thoughts that move well beyond the ostensible subjects of her photographs. Sarfati’s importance in today’s debates about the role and visual languages of socially engaged photography also rests in her resistance to fully objectify the subjects that compel her to make imagery. . . .
Her choice to record young people in Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, Oregon and California, on the cusp of adult responsibility, could be construed as the latest addition to contemporary photography’s familiar interest with this highly photogenic stage of human life. . . .
The American Series represents one of those rare experiences for photographers that is impossible to simulate or confidently repeat, where the photographs almost – just – happened. Sarfati did not overly choreograph her young subjects and, instead, was carried by her own adage that by creating, she was exploring and understanding them. While her presence acted upon these young people, she also created the psychological space for them, in turn, to act upon her and to act up – or down – for the camera.
This perhaps accounts for Sarfati’s success in re-presenting American young people as, simply, individually and universally the carriers of states of minds. Her acute compositional sense combined with an instinctive feel for colour, texture and contrast creates a physical and psychological space which is both engaging and, ultimately, elusive.
Billederne ovenover er netop fra The New Life. Og nu til Austin, Texas:
Magnum Photos skriver om Austin, Texas:
Every issue of the Fashion Magazine is entirely produced by a single photographer, including fashion series and advertisements. In this new issue, Lise Sarfati returned to Austin, Texas, to photograph in their natural context the young women she had worked with on her earlier projects, in particular ‘The New Life’, in 2003. The girls have changed, they are a little older, and some about to emerge from adolescence.
In ‘Austin, Texas – Fashion Magazine’, Lise Sarfati explores territories of childhood, adolescence and adult womanhood, and seeks to record possible becomings. Explorations of identity that are encouraged by the clothing, which is both incidental and essential: on the one hand, the clothes seem to have been chosen for each model, on the other, they are secondary to the staging of the photo and the role played by the girls.
Sheathed in new clothes, the girls are no longer completely themselves; they’ve not just slipped into a different outfit, but a different skin.
Her er et interview med Sarfati i American Suburb X, som også har en artikel med en analyse af billedet Molly #03, 2008 fra serien Austin, Texas. Og så har ASX såmænd endnu en artikel om hende, værsgo.
Tjek også på hendes hjemmeside de andre serier Immaculate; She; Rough, Cold and Close og Litva, der berører tilsvarende temaer.