This is Asli Shehi submissions to Despite The Illusion. Her photography work questions the conventions of what is normal, beautiful, good, familiar and what is not.
“I explore the tensions between opposite binaries such as desire and disgust or beauty and the sublime. I use the camera to reveal my personal interpretations of the tensions created when opposing binaries interact."
Asli’s work is concerned with fragmenting, distorting, cropping and repetition in order to reconstruct a new image, or body of images with a sense of abstraction and ambiguity. This is all with the aim to create curiosity but leave traces or hints which spark a sense of familiarity.
Asli’s latest body of work, Sacred and Cursed is a two -part series.The first part is a documentation of a ritual slaughter, highly inspired by Lotar's Abattoir collection and Bataille's idea of Heterology: 'that which is other". The second part of the Sacred and Cursed series is a response to the ritual slaughter and composed of sculptural arrangements of dissected parts of the lamb in the context of classic still life scenes.