Face Off is a series of 9 pictures based on archival photos of female mechanics at The Royal British Airforce during World War II. This project was the starting point of the project Tracing the Aftermath.
The project Face Off examines the physical and psychological injuries that war leaves behind on those involved in it, amongst these one might mention the physical wounds which many Royal Airforce pilots received during battles in the air. The project led to working with the wound itself and the psychological consequences which a wound or trauma leaves behind.
The female mechanics at The Royal British Airforce during World War II hardly ever received any physical wounds as they were not in direct confrontation with the enemy, but the aftermath of war and the horrors of war were bound to have had a great effect on these women all the same. This formed the starting point for an exploration of outward and inward effects, that which the human eye sees and that which the eye does not see.
Crystals and stones are placed on archival photographs in order to symbolize the psychological wounds and processes of healing which are not visible to the eye, but which take place behind the façade.
Tracing entities with lost identities
Finding an entity in an empty entirety
No fear. Fearlessly
Living in a cell
Living in a self-destructive dynasty
Trying to fit in
Trying to figure it out
Trying to get out
Faith in - Fade out - Face on
Outwards - Inwards
Onwards my journey goes
Inwards my emptiness grows
Trying to re-create myself
Hypnotized by masters of hypocrisy
Losing my identity in society
Who? Contact less?
Avoiding eye contact
A fleeing identity in a rebuilt masculinity
Prey. Praying for end of the weak
Prey of the week
Having no idea
Lost your ID
No one is dear to me
Tracing an entity with my lost identity
Face. Fade out into traumatic scenes
An acrylic face rescues me
Face-OFF has been exhibited at:
WIP Show - RCA, The Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2018