The camouflage is a technique by which some animals, but also some plants or people, conceal themselves, mingling with the surrounding environment. Its reasons may be different, as well as its forms, but the intent remains the same: be less recognizable. Mechanism essential to hunting and war, disguising the prey makes fun of the predator, in a deception that is never definitive, but serves instead to gain enough time to escape danger. The camouflage seems to be, therefore, a strategy to insinuate uncertainty, to question a visual data that seems certain.
Likewise the photographs of Spela Volcic play with the viewer’s gaze, inviting him to distrust his own eyes. Whether it’s the Fuscum Subnigrum series, which portrays in their baroque grandeur a bouquet of artificial flowers, and for the series In Absentia, documenting landscapes void of any human presence, what is inside the frame deviates from the certainties of a first look. Each image takes the time necessary to dissolve a deception constantly renegotiated between the observer and what is watched, in an effort that is similar to that between the prey and its predator. Text: Irene Rossini. www.spelavolcic.net
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