Artist Blog

Every week an artist whose single image was published by Der Greif is given a platform in which to blog about contemporary photography.

Odd Sympathy

Sep 23, 2021 - Alana Celii

These images were created between the years of 2005-2009. The work is a non-linear and abstract portrayal that explores the notion of familial home. Often, the true home is repressed and hidden through the guise of comfort or idealized perfection. However, when hidden details about the home are revealed, we experience a sense of the uncanny. As a consequence of photographing, what was to remain secret about this environment has now been unearthed. Through the exploration of my own personal moments, details that usually go unnoticed are uncovered. This minutia conveys the beauty in the forgotten and the ignored. It is the instance where everything feels foreign and familiar at the same time—resulting in the sensation of the uncomfortably strange. The eeriness and naiveté in the hope of the home is the underlying narrative within the imagery.