Lacuna 2018 by Birthe Piontek, has moved on and yet remains in my memory and in my photo files under Public Art that I have experienced.
Over the past months, every time I walked by the Skytrain station at the corner of Broadway and Cambie, I slowed down to see the detail in the photography of Birthe Piontek. Her thoughts that “the body never seems to be whole or complete, since it is subject to constant change and the processes of aging” resonated. We are in the process of arriving, with the past moving quickly on and the future enticing us with the promise of more.
Everyone views art differently, creating marvelous layers of complexity that bestow depth and breadth to the overarching story of humanity.
In Lacuna (2018), Birthe Piontek investigates how photography and the human body are connected, with a special interest in the female body and its representation in our society. “Lacuna,” a Latin word, means an unfilled space, gap, or cavity, especially in bone. Piontek is interested in the fact that neither image nor body can ever represent a totality: the image always shows only a part and so does the body, as it conceals the thoughts and the inner life of its individual. The body never seems to be whole or complete, since it is subject to constant change and the processes of aging.
Public Art installation at Broadway-City Hall SkyTrain Station
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