Bruno Baltzer & Leonora Bisagno
Bruno Baltzer and Leonora Bisagno began working together in 2014 and are interested in the exploration of images and their conditions of circulation and diffusion.
By deconstructing the relation between photographer-camera-subject (by means of role reversal or a disproportioned use of technical apparatuses and unconventional devices) their work questions the relations, often asymmetrical, which are at stake in the production of images.
Their research investigates the concepts of re-appropriation and retransmission of images, alongside the potential of the photographic medium in all its formal, technical, cultural and political components.
Through the use of specific protocols, Baltzer e Bisagno interrogate images’ function and their entanglement with power dynamics.
Corps Célestes is a photographic series realised during the State visit of French President François Hollande in Luxembourg on March 6th, 2015. In order to document this mediatic event, the visit has been captured through the use of a reflecting telescope. The disproportioned use of a scientific instrument for capturing a news subject creates a new dispositive that questions the subject and placed it under scrutiny, revealing new power strategies. The dispositive’s inadequacy in capturing the presidential image in movement – the static instrument is inappropriate for such proximity – has instead enabled registering imperceptible details, revealing the tensions and anxieties surrounding us. The title of the series Corps Célestes evokes the “satellites”, the bodyguards of Ancient Rome as well as the well-ordered stars of the political body at issue.
Corps Célestes_01, 2015 shows an hand grasping an unidentified object. Several interpretations can be disclosed in light of the international political context. Whether for a photographer there is a clear reference to a self-timer, the primer of a bomb can also be evoked, whereby the bodyguards’ security alert is concealed.