The exhibition space of 1646 transformed again. For Tan lines from a Spiritual Retweet, Carmen Roca Igual welcomed us into a surreal but strangely familiar world. This world allowed us to question the relation between both our inner and outer experiences. As our daily lives increasingly merge with our online presence, realities seem to blur. How do they influence each other, and how do they connect?
“As a new world opened up to make us all actors of our appearances, we blend with our technologies. Face filters, deep fakes and plastic surgery can all bring us closer to what we want to be”
The possibility to continuously reinvent ourselves is ever-present in a digitalised world. With two new video installations that will be on view in the exhibition, Carmen explores the meaning of getting to know oneself by transforming and trying on different masks and personas. Grandma’s taking a selfie, raver kids hanging up their parents’ laundry, women in labor, and actresses playing the role of being watched… Through her work, Carmen looks at cultural phenomena and myths to touch on identity, reality, storytelling, gossip and representation. Inviting us to embrace change as an opportunity to explore ourselves.
Our visitors could also make their own TikTok video, recreating one of the scenes from Carmen’s film Apatía y Devoción with a special sound-filter, to become the actor of their own appearance and to start exploring.
Roca Igual graduated from the Royal Academy of Art The Hague in 2020. Her work was officially selected for the #AmLatino Film Festival and was nominated for the Young Talent Award during Dutch Design Week. She has assisted artists and filmmakers Amalia Ulman and Pauline Curnier Jardin, and her work was shown before in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Rijeka, and The Hague.