The marriage between Israeli Rachel, and Zimbabwean Admire took place in 1972 but it was officially documented in 2017.
The duo spent a whole month enacting an imaginary marriage between a white Jewish woman and a black African man, at a time when such a union was unheard of and the government was trying to pass a law to make it illegal.
Rachel and Admire use their own lives as their research. By creating events, environments and emotions, they construct a utopian reality with images and testimonials, as if their union actually exists.
The 16 performance-based photographic narration pieces, not only document the political reality in Zimbabwe in the year 1972, but also to make us question the validity and truth of images, in press and books in the year 2018.
We don't trust much the press says, since we know how easy it is to construct realities and make everyone believe in them, especially using photography. We find this extremely dangerous, but intriguing at the same time. We guess this is one of the main reasons we find this medium so attractive to work with, and the source behind the birth of the 1972 work.
To devise events that would follow the wedding would be like unweaving Penelope's web. It would do more justice to 1972, to question the value of what we see: All that transcends boundaries within culture, identity, time, and geopolitical virtual borders that still hold. These underline the veins and roots of reality, the forensic documentation of humanity, unbeknown to our being in existence. We think the secret power of 1972 lies within the specificity of before, between and after the photography. It is subjective to the face value of what we all can imagine: our fantasies, hopes, dreams and our innermost hidden bigotries. An honest lie. 1972 is that which is not grasped and untouched by the eye. The spark and jolt of electricity that moves through the eggshell without breaking it to ignite the right code for the fragile embryo.
The couple in 1972 is framed within a frame of multiple parallel realities. The question would lead to multiple chain constructions and complications; To the very fundamental core of art and time, but also to an attempt to understand the reality of life. That which cannot be framed: a touch, a smell, taste, and all these essences of our sensibility, the blurred lines of reality being overrated. But yes, we are considering to continue this project and we are now very interested in taking this story into the far future, to see how their life would look like there. Maybe their kids will lead some social changes in this world or on another planet.
5 images extracted from the series 1972 ( Art Institute of Chicago, Block Museum, Foundation Blachère )