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45 Gobo Images · Materials · Mat Collishaw

Shooting Stars

In this installation, a series of haunting images of Victorian child prostitutes are projected in rapid succession onto walls coated with phosphorescent paint. The ghost of these pictures is burnt onto the walls and gradually fades over time. Occasionally a projector will drag the image across the wall before leaving it burning bright at the end of a trail of light. This has a similar effect to the arc of a shooting star.

The lives of these girls sadly often resembled their presentation here; a light that burnt brightly and as suddenly extinguished in its prime, with just a ghostly image in a photograph to remind us of their ever having existed.