Our bored bodies

55 instant photographs, sewing thread

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Topakian was repatriated to France from an artist residency in Turkey. She arrived at her boyfriend’s place, whom she had only met recently, with nothing more in her luggage than a few clothes, a homemade instant camera that she had created for her residency, a lot of Instax films and a sewing kit from her hotel. As an attempt to keep a grip on reality and to stay busy, she started photographing the things around her: her boyfriend, the spring blossoms she saw during her night walks, or the parrots that fly behind her window every evening. She used the sewing kit to embroider some of the photographs, which allowed her to kill time.

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