E18 Error. Interlude

Bronze chess set 8 x 40 x 40 cm,
pigment print on aluminium 50 x 75 cm,
a series of 7 photos

E18 was an error of digital Canon cameras, which distorts our conventional image of reality. This creates the need for an interlude, an intermezzo, which would fill the void created by a technical error. Instead of chess pieces, I use bronze pieces made of chewed nail polish bottles. Each individual bottle was casted from my personal used black nail polish collection, 32 in total. At first, they seem to be identical bronze bottles, but upon closer observation, they appear to be different, revealing nail scratches and tooth marks on the surface of the cap – markers of psychological strain. I attempt to approach chess with personal compulsiveness as a dignified system with set rules that I remember having known as a child, while by now, I have almost forgotten its moves. The pop art like photographic enlargement of personally used bottles of black nail polish, collected over the years, is a technique I have used before. I will reintroduce it here as an expression of a personal neurotic dimension, an image of deadlock that takes over the game rules, so that it has so many options it cannot even begin.

  • Silvia Sosaar
  • Genres:
    Conceptual Photo, Sculpture, Bronze, Feminist, Autobiographical, Pop
  • Date Taken:
    May 24, 2017
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    Canon EOS 5DS R
  • Lens:
    EF85mm f/1.2L II USM
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  • Student Project:
  • Exhibition "Not Really"
    Tallinn, Estonia
    May 27, 2017
    Graduation project and exhibition work
Artist Biography

Silvia Sosaar (b. 1979) is an artist living
and working in Tallinn. In 1998–2004 she studied English language and journalism at the University of Tartu. She has spent
a year studying television production
at the Baltic Film and Media School. In the spring of 2017, she graduated from the BA studies at the Photography Department of Estonian Academy of Arts.Currently she is continuing her MA studies at the same department.
She is the co-founder and general manager of the publishing house ‘;paranoia’ and has participated at numerous performances
of the presentations of publication. Sosaar is a founder of publishing house ‘skaala publishing’. She is a member of the Estonian Photographers Association FOKU and the member of artistic collective ‘Umbrella Grupp’ since 2016.

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Artist Statement

I find a contemporary work of art to be a so-called (user) interface between the creator, context of creation and the audience. My activity as an artist is based on mutual creative cooperation and adventures with people that I have chosen. As a photographer, I have also been intrigued by the autobiographical details of everyday life.
I have experimented with the analysis of femininity from the neo-pop viewpoint; street-level action; performances at rock concerts; a video production on the topics of mental health based on a literary work; an anthropological study of a profession; including amateurs, etc.
In my works and studies on MA level at the Estonian Academy of Arts, I plan to continue studying the social demonization of mental health issues, not only approaching the topic on symbolic level, but also involving people who have faced it themselves.