PARISIAN MODEL-TURNED-PHOTOGRAPHER LINDA BUJOLI SPEAKS TO US ABOUT WRITING WITH LIGHT
The name Linda Bujoli is known in the bohemian underground scene of Paris for various cultural interventions and photographic projects, such as the publicly exhibited sound sculpture exhibition Land Me and the open-call portraiture project Call To Light. In a world where the definition of what makes an artist is steadily expanded, Bujoli is a refreshingly low-key proposition—an artist living a lifestyle that she describes mischievously as very much an ‘Oh La La’ Parisian one.
“My interest as a photographer is in writing with light,” she says, “I love to create open territories to activate the imagination of the viewer. Man Ray, André Kertész, and Étienne-Jules Marey all had a very strong impact on me—all the ones who played and experimented in the game of perception via the photographic tool. They reveal what the eye cannot see; they’re the ones whose pictures were not a mirror image of the reality, but rather a metaphysical field, Tu vois?”
The work of Bujoli, who cut her teeth in the industry as a model, does tend towards a certain otherness, or je ne sais quoi. Land Me was a collaboration with the band Air who composed an original soundtrack for the center-piece sound sculpture, making it possible to listen through the sculpture itself (the track is commercially released for the first time this year on the forthcoming best of compilation: Twenty Years).
“For me, art is about creating a resonance which leads one to the field of all possible perspectives—it’s like pulling the thread out of a wool ball; you have a starting point that could be a word, an object, a sound, which leads you to the field of possible perspectives,” she explains. “Then this light and radiance transcends you from the everyday experience into an elevated state of consciousness.”
Bujoli claims beauty to be indefinable because it is in constant flux, and the real beauty in her work lies as much in its conceptual genesis as it does in her final creations, which seek to place the subject within a constructed frame that explores the eternal. This is perhaps most apparent in her current open call portraiture project, Call to Light, an undertaking that places the subjects of her portraits in glowing color fields, suggesting that human life is more phenomenal than we realize. “Time is relative,” she says, “There are several ways of giving shape to time—you can play with the speed of the photographic tool which reveals the metaphysical aspect, and sometimes the space itself can give us the perception of the time,” she continues pointedly as our time draws to a close. “Call To Light is a land where human beings are invited to a promise of eternity that’s all about an aura. It’s an invitation into a space where there is no sense of space and time; where the individual portrait, family portrait, and pet portrait becomes a universal mirror of society. I want to re-establish the codes of portraiture.” Tu vois?
Written by John-Paul Pryor