In and Out of Space is a photographic series, which renders affectionate homage to Stanley Kubrick to commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of his death.
“As opposed to sending an astronaut into space I wanted to send the astronaut into our own past. I was interested in the juxtaposition between the astronaut, symbol of the future, symbol of Man’s power to surpass, and this totally decayed building of faded grandeur.”
- Charlotte Colbert
The Astronaut, an iconic reference to exploration, the overcoming of nature, the constant attempt to push back the boundaries of our condition, here wanders, tiny and humbles by history and time, through the large, gilded and abandoned rooms.
“Both the building and the astronaut seem united in their solitude. However grand the quest, however beautiful the endeavor, it seems to remain trapped in the grips of time.”
- Mila Askarova | Founder and Director of Gazelli Art House
The eerie black and white images, shot on medium format film, capture a space / time capsule where past and future cross each other without really meeting. Using long and multiple exposures, Colbert further collapses time onto itself, bringing the universe, its bright stars and milky galaxies, into the space of human ruin.
The pictures were displayed in front of the In & Out Club where they were shot allowing for playful glimpses at the interior of the building. A surreal game of mirrors where the building’s mystery was kept intact, allowing for the viewer’s imagination to fill the gaps and create an interpretation of their own.
“Charlotte Colbert’s beautiful images capture our frailty trapped in the bubble of our own existence.”