Anthony Goicolea (1971, United States)
Sleep, 2019. Photography, 100 x 70,8 cm.
Artist Anthony Goicolea lives and works in New York. He studied at the University of Georgia and the Pratt Institute of Art in New York. His family emigrated to the United States in 1961, fleeing Cuba soon after Castro came to power: a history that underpins many of his works. Anthony explores themes ranging from personal history and identity, to cultural tradition, heritage, alienation and displacement. He creates digitally manipulated self-portraits, landscapes, and narrative tableaux with a variety of media, including black-and-white and colour photography, sculpture and video installations, and multi-layered drawings.
In Sleep, we see four men from above, in an intimate and vulnerable position. The image evokes a feeling of safety and comfort: of being together at home, in the sheltered setting of the bed as well as each other’s arms. Anthony wants to reflect on the duality of sleeping: sleep/death, passive rest/active dreams, voyeurism/exhibitionism, intimacy/fear. As such, the image stimulates our thinking: it moves and comforts us, but at the same time carries an underlying layer of uncertainty.
Courtesy Galerie Ron Mandos.