The L.A.I.F. Workshop (But How Are We Going to Make It?), a solo exhibition by Riama Nashlig at Rotterdam’s Peach, was a virtual show which ran from December 26, 2015 until January 31, 2016. It was a combination of regular photographs or digital photo-collage, occupying a limbo space on the occasion of the gallery’s temporary relocation in Frankfurt and was being shown at The Eeeast Theater and the Butcher shop V. ZIAJA.
The title is a wordplay with ‘life’ and there is no actual workshop, however it is used as a metaphorical one and a reference to Riama’s photographic practice. The content of the photographs are diverse and lack any one defined interest or centre point. Instead of focusing on one subject, the photos approach ‘life’ from a more peripheral standpoint that becomes performative in its witnessing.
The titles and images are collaged together in a poetic way. The immediate and lo-fi aesthetic captures groups of people, zoomed in faces or the backs of heads, as well as empty hotel rooms, restaurants, a butcher shop, a theatre and city skyline. In some, text is pasted on in a clunky way, while others are read through the titles that remix their content:
Boys too Men 2015 Inst. view, Room B/ A certain irony and togetherness towards simulacra and spectacle that actually ends up forming a certain sincerity/ Climate 2 (democracy- paranoia vs awareness) / How to be vulnerable again (I’m not a Robot) / I had wanted to come here before. But in which city do I really want to live for the rest of my life – 31.08.2015 / I feel it when I listen to Sacrifice by Elton John 1999 / Late night feeling oceanic, 2015 / **
Exhibition photos, top right.