Immortals, by Vee Speers
Vee Speers is an Australian born who lived in Paris for more than 20 years. You might know her work from the article “Paris Photo 2013, a safe place“, in which she was represented by some of her photographs of the series “BulletProof” and “Birthday Parties”. You might know her series “Bordello” in which she eternalizes Paris nightlife of the 20’s and 30’s at the brothels as well.
Eternalize. That is the word or mood always present on her works. On Birthday Parties and also on Thirteen series, she brings the kids dressed as they dream, to eternalize the moment in time in which we dream, not being an adult. The limit of age, or the coming out age in which we will not be allowed anymore to be a child. The thirteen is the age in which in most lost cultures there’s a ritual of coming of age to the adulthood. And Vee Speers stopped the time for them.
But she goes even beyond that with the series Immortals in which she touch the theme of age, yet not ageing. We want to be immortals and remain young, fit, healthy, and powerful. It doesn’t matter here if we attained knowledge or if we’re wise while teenager, it matters here the beauty of the poetry, the beauty of the body, the beauty of youth. And Vee Speers bring that youth as main guests to be presented as immortals to the table of the self-proclaimed Gods. Or the gods we created ourselves. To be our own judges.
Immortals without future or certainty, lost in their young souls and bodies. Without wisdom. Although defiant. In a mix of loss and arrogance like any teenager stopped in time. With backgrounds of apocalyptic heavens and skins of perfection. Timeless images of wondering humans who wanted to be immortalized no matter how. Like in a theatre’s play. Because in life; in life is different. In life there are no immortals, but we do have eternalised beings. Like gods so we can have references. And dreams of immortality, without ageing.
Like any other human obsession.
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