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Carol Rahal : Solus


Unusual images that surprise us for their strangeness revealing a surreal world that mixes beauty and fantasy. Images that lead us to an atmosphere filled with narrativity that brings us closer to a dreamlike and fictional universe and can be read in many ways.

By mixing traditional photography and digital manipulation, the images of the Solus series, meticulously created by visual artist Carol Rahal, awaken in the viewer the desire to explore details in search of other content and meanings. The photographs, created with an unique approach, were made using performances, theatricality, manipulation, cinematographic reconstructions, fiction and art history, experienced through the lens of Surrealism.

The symbolic universe emerges in objects, animals, human actors and clothing arranged from the creation of other realities that lead us to reflect on the unstable nature of life and the presence of death. Elaborated frames that suggest a double reading and are configured in new and rich experiences for contemporary visuality. The scenarios can fluctuate from confined interiors to the expansive exterior, revealing a world dominated by the extraordinary, where the characters find themselves in unusual situations and places, with ambiguous colors, unexpected gestures in compositions that mix glamor with a comic beautiful fantasy and, at times, sometimes bizarre.

The disturbing narrative seen in the essay questions sensations experienced by the artist during her crossing between adolescence and maturity, when she deals with vulnerabilities that occur during this transition such as her homosexuality, her fears and desires, changes in her emotional process and changes in her social location.

The aesthetic adopted by the artist addresses concepts of loneliness and sexuality, built around questions about the unstable nature of life and the desire to bring dreams into our everyday life.

Marly T.C. Porto
Photography curator and researcher

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