How One Photographer Stuck at Home Keeps Herself from Snapping
During quarantine, Faten Gaddes doesn’t just use cleaning products to disinfect her home—she poses next to them. In her upcoming series “Postcards from Home,” the Tunisian photographer puts her own twists on the iconic “Keep Calm” posters, evoking irony and humor from life indoors under coronavirus.
The “Postcards from Home” series consists of 16 photos in which Gaddes stages a variety of household items and cleaning products that are keeping us safe by preventing the spread of COVID-19. In one, captioned “Keep Calm and Clean Your Mind,” Gaddes wears a dress made from a white trash bag while holding a vacuum and standing on a spread-out paper towel roll. In another, the artist poses in the background, wearing black gloves and a mixing bowl on her head, with Tylenol boxes, pink latex gloves, antibacterial wet wipes, an assortment of multi-purpose cleaners. In the foreground, a plush Minion wears a face mask.
During the pandemic, Gaddes has chosen to isolate herself from the media and instead, focus on her practice and meditate. “The only time when I have a connection is to take news of my family in Tunisia,” she said. Isolation has enabled Gaddes to see the good side of our current reality, and how being creative doesn’t require a lot of means. For her, just having shelter and the ability to isolate alone is already a luxury. As an artist, she doesn’t perceive confinement as punishment but a potential source of inspiration. “I find that time is slowing down and the objects around me are taking more room, their images are becoming more focused, their colors more bright,” she added.
– by Hoa P Nguyen. April 22, 2020
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