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ONE NIGHT OF SLEEP


 

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Description

This series of photograms comes within the continuity of the 2004 video and photography workSleep.” Over a period of months, I attempted to capture the movement of my body and the passage of time while sleeping, on photographic paper. These camera-less images are at once imprints of a physical presence and records of immaterial time unfolding. They pay tribute to both Yves Klein’s body paintingsAnthropometries” and Andy Warhol’s filmSleep.”

At first I experimented using various papers and lighting devices of different degrees and colors. Then for a period of three months, twice a week I would sleep on the photographic paper placed on a wooden board, under a ceiling light, which was programmed with various times of exposure depending on the day. Each night my sleeping length varied. Every Friday I would go to the studio of the late Setan Varoujian with photographer Agop Kandeljian to reveal the prints. The first time nothing came out. The very first print was almost entirely black, I had overslept or moved too much during my sleep. I tried again and one day, something appeared on the paper.

 


 

Type:Series of Prints
Medium: Photograms, 180 x 95 cm
Date: 2013

Credits

Handprints made by Agop Kandeljian, with the assistance of Vartan Kilislian, at studio Varoujian, Lebanon.

 


  Shown @

Taymour Grahne Gallery, NYC. 2015

Armory Show, NYC. 2015

Art Factum Gallery, Beirut. 2013

 


 

Publications

Lamia Joreige. Exhibition catalogue  published by Taymour Grahne Gallery, NYC,  2015

 
 
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