'He stuck to his word like a rock'

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He stuck to his word like a rock..jpg

'He stuck to his word like a rock'

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From the series ‘Youth Without Age and Life Without Death’

“Youth Without Age and Life Without Death” was written by Petre Ispirescu. The overarching argument is a common but affirming one: life outside of linear time, and thus agelessness, is impossible. And if there is to be any remote possibility, it is only a form of momentary independence that is offered before the inevitable occurs – meeting one’s death like any mortal. 

This project is a response to Pannack’s need to escape, adventure and roam in reaction to internal pressure she feels, that time is moving too fast. It seems like a shared experience that hours, days and weeks pass and we can’t recall them, life continues and time slips away. 

Her adventure began in Romania. The strong sense of timelessness, tradition and untouched scenery mirrored her desire to stop time. Pannack soon stumbled across this folktale which perfectly echoes the many questions that she has. This is a photographic exploration of the people, places and landscapes she encountered in Romania, drawing directly on this famous mythology and a sense of a temporal place to offer a view on the fragility of life. 

Alternating between reality and fantasy, the photographs respond to a feeling of separation from the modern world. Pannack has intentionally played with the notion of fiction and the present moment. Like a web of nostalgia and resistance, all the signs of temporality come to bear in objects that are charged with tensions of permanence and impermanence. Time elsewhere is relentless but here something of it is left behind.

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16 x 16 inches/Edition of 5

20 x 20 inches/ Edition of 5

30 x 30 inches/Edition of 5

50 x 50 inches/Edition of 4

60 x 60 inches/Edition of 2

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