Heliographies of Memory by Said Dokins & Leo Luna
The term street art encompasses a variety of traditions, two of the most common practises utilises paint and paste up posters to convey depth or meaning. Master calligrapher Said Dokins has been pushing the boundaries of his art-form by using light photography and video to share his Heliographies of Memory series. The artist and creative photographer Leo Luna have been touring this visually stunning art show in different locations throughout 2017. In the Netherlands the duo teamed up with our friends at Street Art Today, founders of Amsterdam Urban Art Museum. The fact light leaves no footprint behind means the artists can choose any backdrop they desire and present a wholesome display of high level calligraphy and photography skills.
‘Heliographies of Memory consist in a series of photographs that capture the calligraphic gesture, the very moment where the action of inscription is taking place. But this is not usual calligraphy writing. The texts are written with light, so the words disappear as soon as they were suggested by the moves of the calligrapher, invisible to the simple eye, they just can be captured by a process of long-exposure photography, that reveal what happened, even though no one could see it. Through these ephemeral interventions with light calligraphy, we capture the invisible, acting on air, using as locations iconic places: historic sites, public plazas, monuments, bulwarks, abandoned places become re-signification spaces’.