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Evidence of Things Seen
2001, printed 2004
(Norwegian, b. 1973)
Image: 112.7 x 112 cm (44 3/8 x 44 1/8 in.); Paper: 119.8 x 126.9 cm (47 3/16 x 49 15/16 in.)
Gift of Friends of Photography 2005.38
© Simen Johan, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, NYC
Simen Johan's series Evidence of Things Seen depicts children who seem focused on ordinary play, yet something appears amiss. In this photograph, the eerie narrative in an urban setting was produced by digitally combining three separate negatives: two are from studio shoots, one of a blonde-haired girl whose body was replaced with a photograph of a similarly attired boy; the backdrop is from an outdoor shoot of a snowy cityscape. Describing the scene, the artist explains, "The girl sees something magical and has a camera ready."
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