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Aleph | by Tiemen Rapati
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“On the back part of the step, toward the right, I saw a small iridescent sphere of almost unbearable brilliance. At first I thought it was revolving; then I realised that this movement was an illusion created by the dizzying world it bounded.”

— Jorge Luis Borges


The Aleph, as described by Borges in his text “El Aleph” (1945), is a (meta-)physical point, in which one can see the entire universe, from every angle, at the same time.


I have used this metaphor to visualise my memory. In ALEPH I’ve tried to capture the past four years of this study through the collection of photographs I took during this period. In much the same way as I construct mental images in my head, this installation synthesises images from a given association.

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Taken on May 12, 2011