A Mask is not a Mountain


Cameron Williamson

London College of Communication, England.

In ‘A Mask is not a Mountain’ the human figure is positioned as a body reliant on visual orientation within a landscape. It is by actively pressing up against this mountainous body that these procedures can take on a sharper definition, serving as an example for the drive for recognition with a subject that highlights the processes of power that pervade the photographic. With the use of play and ritual as rote gestures to address this, an attempt is made to forcibly participate in the creation of an orientation with a mountain rendered as a photographic object. This recognition is sought and revealed visually, both through the video documentation of performances and photographs of marks made onto the alpine landscape. Thereby the work is further referring and contributing to the archetypal images that make up the actions and historical symbols ingrained into the understanding of this Swiss narrative.