Diana Agunbiade-Kolawole, Honest Portraits, 2015-2017, performances and silvergelatin paper. Performance photos at Valhallavägen, 2015, Dorota Tylka and from Fylkingen, 2016, Ignacio Pérez Pérez.
Honest Portraits are a series of performances in which I investigate what is an honest photographic portrait. The works questions the truth behind and invites the audience to reimagine how they relate, view and experience photographic portraits.
The portrait exists in two strands, the experience of observing the creation of a portrait and the remnants of the performances. These remnants are what I consider honest portraits. I find it important to separate these two strands when discussing them. We often consider that looking at a photograph is to be informed about what had occurred. To witness an event and to view back the event in the case of a photograph does not generate a liner outcome.
These actions manifest in the form of breathing photographic chemicals onto black and white photographic paper and also covering my body with the chemicals, then making contact with the paper. The remnants are forever in transition as they are not fixed after, to view the work in natural or artificial light will alter it’s appearance.
Diana Agunbiade-Kolawole, 2017.