The Process of Feeling
An exploration of time and transformation; changing imagery as emotional and therapeutic.
Replicating the visual languages of studio photography and manipulating representations of colonial history, Atong Atem seeks to make peace with the indefinable spaces she occupies in The Process of Feeling.
With reference to a history of hand tinting, from expertly painted ethnographic photographs of The Colonies to blacking out the faces of deceased family members in her photo albums, Atong attempts to locate herself in history using what she knows as a point of reference. Atong researches and evaluates self, culture, history and the processes innate in the search for place in those spaces, and the similarity between individual and communal needs for connection.
Image: Atong Atem, Nyuon, Magenta 2017, courtesy the artist.