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Globally acclaimed post-photography talents, Elise Mazac and Robert Drowilal, known as art duo Mazaccio & Drowilal are working in photo collages and installations by using popular images of contemporary culture, intentionally torn them from their context of meaning. With the help of diverse photographic techniques and through an ironic eye that is humorously making fun of reality seen through images, the artists are permanently questioning the conventional principles of artistic photography.
By juxtaposing heterogeneous and often contradictory shots and blurring the boundaries between natural and artificial, Mazaccio & Drowilal provoke the viewer, who is doomed to balance on the verge of disgust and pleasure when confronted by the authors’ extraordinary artistic experiment.
In the Paparazzi project, Mazaccio & Drowilal impose silhouette figures of celebrities cut out from the tabloids on idealized natural backgrounds, ‘placing’ them in stadiums and city streets. According to Elise Mazac, the starting point of this series was a collection of celebrity photos found in magazines or on the internet. All the heroes of the future series were ‘captured by the paparazzi at a time when they were as relaxed as possible, going about their daily business: visiting shops and cafes, buying takeaway food, engaged in different sporting activities, etc… By adding pictures of stars to a variety of landscapes, the artists neutralize the sensational nature of those images coined by the paparazzi. ‘There is a shift from the sensational image of the star to the anonymous crowd. We found this really interesting,’ admits Robert Drowilal. (text from Fashion and Style in photography 2017, Moscow International Biennale, 2017).