Or the lost uselessness of art
For the author, art exists primarily to recreate feelings, only common aspect between all humans. After all we are sensitive beings. What Barthes called the punctum, an inexplicable something that moves us in a piece of art, is harder to find nowadays. We are so bombarded with images that we have grown numb. As a reaction to this, the photography world has moved towards a content-focused tendency.
The author proposes to go back to the essence of art as a link between sensitive beings. Aesthetics are to be a priority, suggestive and evocative, turning into mysterious affects in us.
Moonscape Reverie focuses on details, to visually recreate the senses and feeling when visiting Sintra, Portugal, to suggest all the inimaginable history as eerie fairy tales while recreating the experienced sensation of harmony.
The procedure used creates both an aesthetic translation of the sensorial experience and a half-imagined half-suggested narrative, the 8 pieces working together as a heterotopia to construct an odd, romantic, magical yet almost eerie family album.
In Moonscape Reverie like in her general practice, Camille Aboudaram used a postmodern approach to photography: she shot analog photographs and used digital technology for post-production and later interventions, modernising techniques of the past, and blending photography with illustration (painting or colouring) and graphic design (context built for the photographs).
Indeed, she believes that in the 21st century, photography isn’t only about the photographs anymore.
Her approach took her to create context using the photographs to create a wider space and a new interpretation, exploiting both techniques and aesthetics of the past and present to create something unique, contemporary and somewhat utopian.