Elsa Leydier aims to interrogate images that are used to define places and territories. Her work Braços verdes e olhos cheios de asas - Relato Amazônico is an attempt to explore not the region of the Amazon, but its visual representations through the process of construction and deconstruction of images.
She revisited images (vernacular and press images that contribute to the construction of the imaginary of the place, along with photographs she took while experiencing the Amazon territory), and re-inserted them in a flux of montages, collages, and plastic interventions. The image of the Amazon then appears as a visual construction, made of fragments extracted from glossy magazines pages and from an everyday-life paced by the rhythm of the flows of the Rio Negro and the Amazon River. Her goal here wasn't to represent the Amazon itself, neither to invite the viewer to get himself immersed into the greenery of the Amazon, but on the contrary to remind him the surfaces of its representations, and its images as construct, often fantasized.
Elsa Leydier, born in 1988, currently lives and works between Lyon (France) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
Images Elsa Leydier