Elinor Carucci‘s photographs from ‘Crisis’ are intimate and personal pictures that touch on the universal. The moments we all experience in a relationship. Those times when for some inexplicable reason life becomes difficult between two people and external and internal forces collude to create a tension, a pressure, a stress that skirmishes with a loving state, damages perceptions and creates its own narrative that’s both destructive and potentially catastrophic.
In all her personal projects Carucci has taken her camera into the family; her mother and father, her brother, the extended family, her husband, Eran and now her children. To see them all together is to travel through time, through the life experience of an Israeli photographer living in America. An artist who creates moving compositions that speak to us of moments we cannot share yet are common to all.
This is particularly true in these photographs. And while discord between couples is a universal truth you rarely see it expressed in art. Admitting to the world that you fight, fail, betray, have feelings of despair, guilt, anger and fear takes bravery not least for the subject. In this case her husband. A man who we only see through her eyes.
Our perception of him determined by her, each composition reflecting a tension that is brokered by a formal aesthetic rooted in her love of light, colour and form. We shall never see his expression of the same moment, we shall never see beneath the surface of his form. It makes for a fascinating study in behaviour while consoling all of us who fight, scream, shout and get upset with our lovers. Here’s what she has to say about the series:
In 2002, I photographed a very difficult time in my relationship with my husband, Eran. It was photography that allowed me to step away, to see what was going on, even what was about to happen. The fact that Eran let me take those pictures, in the middle of these difficult situations, in a way, let me reconnect with him. At times he used my pictures to tell me what he could not say. I felt the need to title those images in a more specific way then I did with my work in the past, giving more information. With a few words, a documented moment was changed, making it possible for viewers to see its meaning and importance, just by pointing out this is what it is about.
There’s more from this series on her website. All worth checking out.