Mariana Hahn

Eros et Thanatos eurent un enfant is a mixed installation reflecting the diversity of techniques used by the artist: photography, film, sculpture, materials and objects worked in a processual way by fossilisation, decay, corrosion. Taking as its starting point a cast made in the excavations of Pompeii, the work is like a tribute to photography, an art that has been said to have originated in the first traces of human figures. The body, buried almost 2,000 years ago, is presented to us as a snapshot. The salt and copper in the installation also refer to a material history of the medium, while the moving images, obtained with a Super 8 camera without its lens, have the grainy aspect of the first heliographic prints, on which the human figure is still only a ghost.