Polaroid is a short silent video piece by Susan Mendes Silva which deals with the concepts of void, detachment and disembodiment. The piece consists of a photograph of Silva slowly fading into view, reminiscent of a photo being developed. There is an inability to associate with the photo as Silva is depicted against colorless walls while wearing colorless clothes and keeping her eyes shut, which forces us away from any sort of inferring of meaning or message via color or expression. What it leaves the audience to interpret from is simply the process of emerging from a white void and the notion of disembodiment and existence; the audience is left with a vague impression of when Silva actually comes into “existence”, be it when she is first observable, when she has fully appeared or if she ever is actually brought into true existence; as there is nothing to define or associate her with other than her perceivable form. The video itself can be viewed on Silva’s official webpage, posted below.
: Official artist statement