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You Were There (2) by Vasilisa Forbes
You Were There (2) by Vasilisa Forbes

You Were There (2), 2013

Vasilisa Forbes

What to make of this strange pairing of a crumbling hillside and obscured figure? The cutout scene masking the person at right redirects our gaze back to the landscape at left, while the title, “You Were There (2)” focuses us on the human. Is the scene overlaid on the figure, which seems to echo the hillside image, meant to show us what she’s seeing? This could perhaps be yet another redirection, suggesting that we, like the human in the scene, contemplate the eroding hillside at left, and possibly also draw parallels to the entropy inherent in our own human existence.

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