La Trahison des Images is a project by photographer and artist Justine Tjallinks.
La Trahison des Images is a dream like allegory with images that are represent a personal journey of youth, uncertainty and growth. Tjallinks redeploys critical design aesthetics to re-enact key moments in her personal evolution as an artist.
René Magritte is the main inspiration for La Trahison des Images and indeed the title is eponymously titled after René Margritte’s famous surrealist body of work from 1929. Magritte himself a product of a troubled youth, mastered the art of fantasy. He used the fictional world he created as a way of coping with past trauma and incidences that defined his character and art. Tjallinks engages her series in a similar fashion to Margritte: obscuring the face of her subject; the use of white doves; and the painter’s canvas that blends into the background. Magritte’s iconic handwriting is reinterpreted by Tjallinks resulting in works that question the perceptions of the viewer. In a sense this series is both a tribute to and a re-invention of Magritte’s technique of obscuring to reveal— but this, only to the perceptive viewer.
Tjallinks approach is to capture the uniqueness of individuals and the diversity of human beauty. In this case she offers a stage to a subject with beautiful dark skin. Indeed Tjallinks aims to rewrite art history by introducing black beauty that was long overlooked in the canons of Western art.
Ultimately, La Trahison des Images is a series of self-portraits where the artist reveals her own journey to adulthood.
Going from a state of oppression to finding the strength to face the future.
Styling: Richard Schreefel (AHM)
Hair & make-up: Yvonne Nusdorfer (AHM)
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