American Suicide To Richard Cory
In 1897, Edwin Arlington Robinson composes a poem about fictional tycoon Richard Cory, and concludes it with Cory's suicide. Envied and appearing complacent, Cory's decision to shoot himself seems to astonish even the writer. In my diptychs, the protagonists represent famous Americans who actually committed suicide. The title of each pair of photographs is made up of the initials of the suicide victim's first and last names. This, however, is the only hint to the factuality of the otherwise performed compositions. The images do not depict the final moments in a person's life; rather, they serve as metaphors for society's obsession with celebrities, wealth, but also taboos. A victim's position in the frame refers to a forensic photograph of a suicide - a body cropped, in the background, or sometimes not even visible, thus indicating a remaining presence or a proposed absence of the protagonist's being. Designed interiors serve as formerly intimate but now meaningless stages linked to a life’s manifestations.