FRÄNZISCO, part of diptych
Photography, 2008-12*
Expanding the portrait formula, Fränzisco shifts from the individual subjects of “Biofilm Star” and the combined self portraits of Chimera to the representation of knowledge systems through symbolic meaning. At first glance the shaman, valued for the ability to communicate with the spirit world by conducting rites such as chanting, the use of dream catchers and the killing of animals, seems to be in stark contrast to the laboratory technician engaged in the daily routine of identifying and examining microscopic sections of infected tissue with state of the art microscopes. Yet the distinct clothing and instruments of performance indicate a shared faith in ritual practice in seeking access to different forms of specialised knowledge.

*The artist thanks Francisco E., and Fränzi Creutzburg.

TEXT BY: PhD. Sara Barnes (science and art advisor and curator)