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Dorothée Smith | Löyly (no miracles here)

PRIVATE 49 – FRANCE présences, p. 24 - 29

Dorothée Smith, Löyly (no miracles here), from PRIVATE 49 – FRANCE présences

[I]n the Finnish language, «Löyly» describes the raising of innocuous smoke resulting from the transformation of matter (water -> steam), allegoric of the mutation of gender.

The series displays barren landscapes, where everything looks asphyxiated by an environment troubled in its ecosystem since the beginning of the nuclear age. Haze, blur and smoke represent gender trouble, embodied by portraits of transgendered or perhaps genderless characters.

These opaque atmospheres point to dissolved identities, transitioning bodies and the indeterminacy of identity, in a collapsing post-modern world in which the sense of things is decaying, under a fluffy layer of disenchantment.

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