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Jennifer Allora / Guillermo Calzadilla - Statement
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Written down by Pat Binder and Gerhard Haupt, based on an interview with the artists.

This work is called "Seeing otherwise", which means to see things from another point of view or another perspective.

We are hanging a series of photos in the streets of Havana. They show various people watching the sunset at the ocean. When the sun goes down, a line of reflection is created on the water that leads to each individual who sees the sunset. In our photographs, we altered the reflection of light on the ocean with the help of a computer program so that it leads to the person in the photo.

We use this image as a poetic element to say that it is impossible to know the inner reality of other people. One can only put oneself in their place with the power of imagination, yet even that is hardly possible as the social, political, economic and sexual etc. disposition of each individual is completely different. By shifting the sunlight's line of reflection on the water, we move the central position of the observer of the photo and try to make it possible for him/her to see the phenomenon of the sunset from the perspective of the person photographed.

Of course the specific context of Cuba, the emigration etc., can lead to a special way of reading the work, but that was not our intention. Basically, each person can have a different reading.

"Seeing otherwise" is the attempt to see from another person's perspective, however also means "being 'wise' through the other."

(Translated from the German version by Rebeccah Blum)

© Photos - right side: Allora/Calzadilla
Interview, translation, portrait:
Gerhard Haupt & Pat Binder,
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