marianne csaky


yangtze angler
yangtze chair


These two digitally constructed imaginary landscapes are based on photos I took at the Yangtze river, in Chongqing, China. The pictures have three different layers. I took photos of local people in everyday scenes, walking along the Yangtze river, at places where they like to be, doing what they like doing, in a place I also called my home at the time. My aim was to depict the shapes of our everyday movement and existence.
I also took photos of 3D letter sculptures, M and L and I inserted them into the original scene like an old stone monument sunk in the sand. The letters are the initials of my and my brotherís name, and refer to a kind of perception of personal identity that it is defined not by what I am like or what I become but by the fact that I am the subject that appears in my history and my relationships.
The third layer is represented by the void. I cut out my figures from other recent photographs making a hole on the surface of the photo and making the lead plate visible in the background.
The three different layers also represent three different times that have continuous effect on life in the present.

This Side of the River, 2012