Who is Professore ?
I created Professore as an alter ego, a second self, a kind of auto-collaboration for
my art. The project is presented as an archive of photographs, drawings,
sculptures and video pieces which records Professore's dramatic experiments and
explores the aesthetics of science.
I am interested to see how Professore challenges perceptions of identity and social
order, whilst raising issues regarding society’s innate trust in science and institutions.
Professore is an enigma. He projects the qualities of a highly educated and respected
scientist, yet his complex and bizarre experiments isolate him and ultimately leave him
misunderstood. This larger than life character appears to dramatically oscillate between
the extremes of experience and uncertainty, control and failure, or genius and insanity.
Professore blurs the distinctions between fiction and fact. He takes on a profound
existence of his own where fantasy and reality become virtually inseparable. His
unconventional science can range from the fantastic to the banal, but is always treated
with equal reverence and ironically comes across as plausible.
This work is also concerned with the duality of personality. The question arises whether
Professore is simply a game of role play, or if the practice of taking on another identity
implies deeper psychological issues. Which is the true personality that is emanating-
that of the artist or Professore? And can one exist without the other?
The collection includes both edition prints and unique works, produced in an array of
alternative analogue processes. Despite the dubiousness of Professore's science, this
body of work has been produced using the most authentic and historical photographic
techniques, such as glass plate negatives, bromoil prints, hand-coated silver gelatin
and the Graffite process which I invented in 2010.
Stephane Graff was born in the United Kingdom and lives and works in London. He is a
self-taught artist and photographer, exhibiting internationally since 1988. He specializes
in alternative and vintage photographic processes. The Professore project has been
exhibited at: Paradise Row - Istanbul 2009, Ercel Foundation - Turin 2010, Paradise
Row-London 2009, Mimmo Scognamiglio - Milan 2010, Amerikan Hastanasi Operting
Room -Istanbul 2010, Assab One - Milan 2010, Paris Photo - Hamiltons Gallery 2011,
Beton Gallery-Athens 2012, Odile Ouizeman- Paris 2012, City Gallery of Prague 2012,
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art - Nice, France 2013.
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