Gabrielle de Montmollin     The Woman Who Is A Horse

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Animals fascinate me because their representation so easily suggests duality. The first duality is the way we separate ourselves from them. And then … we subject them to our needs—through time we have used animals as beasts of burden, they carried or pulled us from one place to another—but we also worshipped them as deities. They are characterized as sweet and cuddly—but we know they are also capable of aggression and ferocity. Duality is unsettling, mysterious and present in all of us. The use of masks in these photographs reinforces the sense of ambivalence and latent alienation.

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