The project Darlings to Kill / Darlings to Kiss was shaped during a workshop caretaken by the photographer and visual artist Patricia Morosan.
“Kill your darlings” is a piece of advice given to photographers, filmmakers or writers. You kill your darling when you decide to get rid of a beloved photograph, which must be removed for the sake of the whole story. Buried into a graveyard archive/ digital folder, the photographs are merely regarded as misfits, imperfections, experiments, mistakes, and most often stand as silent witnesses to the end or the beginning of negatives, to the lack of context or creativity; they are proofs of their technical or artistic shortcomings, of the trial and error process required, yet at the same time they do nothing less than trace the historical line of the creative process.
The workshop and subsequent upcoming presentation is an attempt of resurrection, as it gathers the photographic darlings of six photographers, upcycled from the obscure corners of their desktops. They are the underdogs, coming to speak for the rights of a disestablished or yet unofficial framing of reality. Offering them a chance to live and to be seen through the pulsating reconfiguration of a collective exhibition, darlings come back to life, challenging notions of image economy, selection and the decisive moment.
The emergence of the repressed in the form of reawakened darlings, becomes critical to a creative impulse that can only be projected in its future by a return to the primal. And that
the ambivalence darlings generate is countered by the meaning they acquire when juxtaposed with other darlings.
Artists: Patricia Morosan, Miruna Gheordunescu, Ramona Aristide, Ioana Turcan, Diana Draghici, Irina Motroc, Octavian Anghelus