HISTORYSKIN   

2016


Type c photograph

50 x 38 cm 

ED 3 + 1 AP 


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The material subject and title of this work suggest, as many of Hazewinkel’s works do, that time travels through the body. Composed of the words history and skin the title of this modestly scaled, hand-printed photograph suggests a melding of the fading past with the vibrant immediate. It suggests a mingling of permanence and ephemerality, of the hard and monumental and the soft and intimate. It recalls an inseparability between what has already happened and what we are experiencing right now, which is what photography itself does.

Evocative of epigraphic writing tablets which (as the archaeological record shows) document anything and everything from the seasonal price of grain to the movement of peoples or planets, here human-made marks generate fluid rhythmic flows as they record a hard labour, a repetitive physical action acted and re-enacted in quick succession. These are residual markings, presences, by-products of an enacted need, these are not documents that chart the rippling implications of codified exchange, they embody exchange.

This image is a detail of a wall in a human-made cave of uncertain dating which across the arc of time has served various purposes. Part of the problem associated with dating a site such as this is that it appears to have been in a state of continuous becoming since its becoming began around 2500 BCE. The physical energies embodied in this small section of wall resonate with a sense of urgency, it is as if a much-needed form of shelter (for either the living or the dead - or both) was and perhaps still is continuously under construction.