In Mimesis, a new series from Canada-based, German-born photographer Birthe Piontek, self-exploration is the central focus. Piontek creates a fictional world of representation that mediates our relationship to reality and the way we encounter images of ourselves and other people.
Mimesis exposes how mirrors and pictures are just one version of the self – versions that can always be cracked, reshaped, and capable of further evolution. By appropriating, changing and reinterpreting the original representations through collage work and photoshop additions, Piontek’s work invites us as viewers to look beyond the surface images of ourselves and other people and to realize that everyone has many sides to them.
Mimesis shatters the illusion of the possibility of perfect copies of unified and instead demonstrates how every person and portrait alike is made up of several parts.