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Growth Record #3 - Lisa Spilliaert 2016

"Growth record 3" is the third part in a yearly conceptual series, steadfastedly documenting the growth of a baby towards adulthood through photography and video.

In a voiceover Spilliaert unfolds the reasons for starting this project. She bluntly explains being intimate with a Japanese man who became a father about nine months later. Spilliaert imagines she herself could have easily gotten pregnant and thus becoming the mother. This project seemingly attempts to portray a newborn being as well as the artist herself – whose own aging process is indirectly a subject. We’re made privy to the space Spilliaert occupies in the life of the young child, behaving at once as intruder and observer. Disregarding her personal involvement, she acts as if she’s carrying out a professional assignment. By displaying photography as a rigid ritual, the autobiographical aspects of the piece are surpassed.