/ ALAN PROOSA

series of self-portraits Waiting

The series of Alan Proosa's self-portraits deal with the humane aspects of hope, desire, irony, beauty, melancholy, and so on. They also deal with androgyny, transgendered aspects, the relation between masculine and feminine.

*Throughout our lives, we are all waiting for something or somebody. Some are waiting for things to begin, some for things to end. Hoping for a better day, or love, brighter future, changes and justice, light in the end, somebody that understands.
Cannot help it.
Even the ones, that claim to have given up all hope, are still waiting for things to come. The inevitable. The fatal. The big deal. Become real.
Little things, that count...

Waited for Surfer Rosa, to pick me up.
For beautiful Luna. Take me over.
For Mellon Collie to leave me... She is here to stay.
Waiting while the bloom is fading away.
Strawberry fields.
Cosmic dust...
Shiny boots of leather.
Many crave enlightenment.
Some want nothing but the blood and flesh.
Somewhere. Somebody. Something.
So many ways for getting there.
Touch. Smell. Disconnect.
Feel. Nothing. Feel. High.
Open up. Dream. Don't forget. Forgive.
Feel. Satisfied. Feel. Innocent. Aware.
Trust. Bond. Accept. Imagine. Include. Deny.
Hold. Let go. 

I was born in the Soviet Union. I've never felt totally comfortable with the binary gender model. I have at times gone through questioning my gender identity, witnessing somewhat conflictive situations between my mental and biological sex. Estonian society is opening up towards accepting people of different gender identities and sexualities. Although things are getting better now considering the liberal and open-minded views, acceptance, tolerance, it is definitely a fight worth fighting for, still.

The series of my current self-portraits are artistic self-expression, but they also serve as the way to change mentalities, to enrich the scene and Estonian culture, considering the LGBTQ aspects, freedom of personality and etc.*

Technical information:

Title: “Waiting” 2017
Print run: 5+1AP
Copy No: 1 
Paper: Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag 310g
Technology: Epson pigment Inkjet print 
Finishing: Mounted on Dilute aluminum composite in a wooden float-frame

Dimensions:
Large format: 70 x 90 x 3 cm
A3+: 49,5 x 29,5 x 0,5 cm, vormistatud paspartuuga
A2: 59 x 41 x 0,5 cm, vormistatud paspartuuga

We assure the use of EPSON photo and fine art print technology, pigment based ink technology and print media. All materials used in finishing are pH neutral and are strictly made of internationally certified high-quality materials that correspond to the PAT (Photographic Activity Test) and ISO 97016 standards and are in accordance with the regulations of archiving
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