oil and varnish on photographs, variable dimensions, 2015
The work complex “Shadow Saints” can be understood as a counterpart to the “Whitewashing” cycle. Real misery finds a symbolic setting and sublimation in the figures of saints and martyrs standing in the twilight of baroque churches. The glaring spotlight of media coverage is contrasted with the darkness of the church niches, from which the protagonists of an archaic human drama of suffering and hoped-for redemption emerge. Here, the boundaries between historical facts, religious legends, and contemporary reality blur in the representation and ritual exaggeration of a seemingly timeless human martyrdom.