Rotterdam Photo

Bruna Valença

Cloud Head

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I began a series using Self-Portraits to investigate my mental state. I was diagnosed with PTSD and started recording my days on Polaroids through Emulsion Lifts. 

I had the impetus to transform the image with my own hands. If I don’t like an idea, why don’t I like it? And if I deconstruct her wholly, what does she become? The result has been therapeutic. Deconstructing a self-portrait was the beginning of a path of deep self-knowledge, as I felt the need to transform  into a physical, material format, feelings and sensations that could not be spoken. Hybrid Photography is a revolution as it appears at a personal, intimate moment typically of pain and discomfort and naturally evolves into a healing place. Deconstrute to Reconstrute. Like alchemy, a map of my mind, the colors, textures, stains, the decay or the birth of another image, I believe that each medium onto which I transfer the work reflects a little of how I feel at the moment.

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Rotterdam Photo

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