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Brigitte Polemis Just a Number

Urban spaces inhabited by faceless men in suits arranged in rows, circular formations, spirals, or overlapping layers as repeated motifs: these are the key features in the new group of works presented by Brigitte Polemis under the title “Just a Number”. Yet, although specified by their general title as works commenting on the dehumanisation of man in western industrialised societies, they seem however to strangely defy their ‘inhuman’ message, engaging the viewer in what one increasingly understands to be the imagery of the poetics of a world where man and machine have long been reconciled.

The works are carefully planned and assimilated constructions. Preliminary photographs worked-on digitally, resulting in high quality printouts, are placed in composite layers where blocked spaces alternate with openings and unending picture planes. Seen through diaphanous perspex ‘windows’, they engage the viewer in multiple optical illusions which play with 3-dimensionality and theatrical space, allowing changing view-points to generate the sense of movement, enhanced by rhythmic shadow and light effects...