“10 seconds self-timer – that’s how much time I have to position myself in my “black box”, which I built especially for the recordings in my studio. Blurriness is wanted.” Martina Singer’s photographs are characterized by high liveliness and lightness. Fabric – costume / everyday clothes, space – stage / scenery, light – color / black-white, time – entertainment/short or long exposure, mood – irony / seriousness are important elements of her photographs.
Various experiences such as an internship in the painter’s hall of the opera, workshops in the field of theatre, dance, movement work (Feldenkrais, Kung Fu, Butoh dance), appearances at the Munich Opera as Butoh dancer, as well as several years of attendance at a drawing school laid the foundations for her work.
In the first phase, the series “Mary” was created, fairy-tale, fantastic and mystical. The protagonist experiences different adventures, travels different worlds, always with a breeze of humor. The second phase, the “Black Box Phase”, makes use of similar structures. Here the costumes used in the “Mary Phase” are put together piece by piece to form an ever-increasing costume, which is staged anew in the Black Box after each join. In the third phase, the protagonist begins to travel into reality with the completed costume. The “stage inventory” is also created by Martina Singer.
“I also deal with different women roles, take often ironically. Fabric, clothing, costume, shell versus nudity stage, these topics keep me busy. “
“Mythological aspects, – the animal, the plant – inspired by the butoh dance influence my work.”
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