Fischer, Berit. Memento: Soledad Arias and Madeline Djerejian. New York Arts,
International Edition. Vol 9 No 12, p.84 January/ February 2004.

"In our times the aura has become only a presence, which is to say, a ghost."
Douglas Crimp

The objectification of a person through artistic reproduction reveals the problematic nature of representation and its effort to capture life or to even recall it. A photograph tries to capture a moment and make it memorable, a portrait tries to make the portrayed immortal, while a mirror confronts us with the self.

memento investigates the space, as an experience, that is created when one views reproductions of an individual or the self. The artistic methods used by the artists explore such moments as much as they expose the viewer to the notion of the ephemeral, transient quality of our own and collective identity. memento is a reflection upon presence and absence, and creates an ambiguous space for introspection.

Soledad Arias Spill (2002) is an installation of approximately 1,000 two-inch mirrored stainless steel discs spilled on the floor. Reflected in the piece, the spectator becomes the subject of the work, elevated to the status of the temporary portrayed. Suddenly, the self is cast into scrutiny: the spaces between the mirrored circles cause visual interruptions, fragmentations and a delay in perception, challenging the viewer to discover either the limits of the work, the self or both. Moving through the Spill, each momentary internal experience vanishes into the next, further existing only as memory.
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