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The material subject of these photographs is a group of corrosively transformed, physically idealised Hellenistic sculptures which were discovered on the seabed off the island of Antikythera in 1900.
These statues were discovered by sponge divers working at the wreck-site of a ship that went down between 50 and 80 CE. The marble figures represent epic heroes as well as more humanly-scaled anonymous children which lay undisturbed on the seabed for almost 2000 years during which time the body parts not buried beneath the sand became dramatically excoriated.
In these images the process of excoriation might be considered a slow process of unmaking (or perhaps better said, of remaking) which beyond material concerns is what these images induce us to do, they ask us to remake the image we have of ourselves.
Focussing on tensions between the excoriated muscular forms and the finely polished luminous surfaces of these stone bodies, the Antikythera Group (printed at roughly 1:1 human scale) reminds us of the ephemeral nature of our own soft bodies ( through processes of haptic imagining). In doing so these images make oblique reference to humanity’s capacity for endurance and the concept of collective immortality. Each image intermingles lives lived long ago with our own day to day suggesting how time travels through the body.