Print and hand intervention with gold 24k. on canson platine fibre rag 310 gr
Edition of 6
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KUTHO takes inspiration from a Burmese concept of merit. A common ritual undertaken by Burmese Buddhists is to cover their relics with gold leaf. Leaving a gold mark is exclusive to male devotees for merit-making towards better karma. Women, in the guise of an impure status, are forbidden to approach. Religion and spirituality are two sides of the same coin that sometimes play antagonistic roles. All over the kingdoms of Indochina, in a similar way, monks/nuns are other topics to see the place of women in religion nowadays. To go beyond persistent stereotypes, I think that liberation of the soul is an endless work in progress.
I care about how an offering affirms the idea of a next life and empowers us by being used as a tool for that purpose.
Gold and Religion have an ancient relationship. The series talks about Power associated with Religion and the relationship between the visible / not visible, cult/occult, and parallels universes. I use the same leaf to seal my memory with the gold light, which grace, I can not access and post a question about the duality of human nature, on those cultural orders that are such assimilated, that not seen.
Digital photography direct shot. Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta Giclee print. Manual intervention with gold leaves 24K
Artwork is unframed (2nd image is an example only)
30 x 45 cm
Body series x35
Other sizes upon request
Awarded photo series
PX3: State of the World 2021 (Le prix de la photographie de Paris ) shortlisted
The Moscow International Foto Awards. Honor Mention
Muse Photography Awards. Gold winner
Tokyo International foto Award – Tifa2019
Siena Photo Awards. Commended. Creative
On exhibition now at PHmuseum "Erratic Dreams"
Hometown: Buenos Aires
Based in: Buenos Aires
Andrea Alkalay is a visual artist currently based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She holds a degree in Industrial Design. Mterials and forms have always been tools to highlight concepts on their symbolic presence. Was trained in art-photography attending workshops and residences programs, experimenting with alternative techniques and creative processes. She uses photography as a state of learning, looking for the poetic and political potential that arises from the observation. Another line of inquiry of her practice is the voyage. The condition of foreignness and displacement is a source of inspiration. Artificial and natural elements are combined to infuse strangeness into the work and thus question our societal and emotional realities. She is interested in the discrepancy between what we see and what we know, where these qualities contradict each other and coexist simultaneously
Her work has been exhibited abroad by being awarded, to mention: First place Latin America Professional Award 2021 (World photo org), The Royal Photographic Society, Donggang Museum of Photography (Corea), Siena Awards 2020, RAK Festival (UAE), Tifa 2019 (JP), Fine Arts Museum Franklin Rawson and the 8th Photography Biennale Tucumán (AR), Premio FINI (MX), First place at the Light Festival (2018), IPA 2017. Her book Uncertain nature was launched in 2016.
She is featured, Artdoc, ArtFluent, Float Magazine, F-stop, Click Magazine, G7 mag, Foto Feminas, New Voices print Catalog Saatchi Art, Fotografas Latam, Arte Hispano, Arte Al Día, Photo London, Selections Arts (UAE). Live and work in Buenos Aires.
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