On photographs author portraits questions about durability, mortality, human relationships towards itself and its environment (nature), and unconsciousness of life’s brevity. In essence photographs imitate art form vanitas.
Special form of still life – vanitas (Latin: vanity) is a symbolic work of art showing the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death, often contrasting symbols of wealth and symbols of ephemerality and death.
Best-known are vanitas still lifes, a common genre in Netherlandish art of the 16th and 17th centuries, even though they were already present in roman era. Later vanitas themes were common in medieval funerary art. Main symbol of vanitas include skulls, which are a reminder of the certainty of death. Other symbols were added later like rotten fruit, bubbles, smoke, watches and hourglasses, musical instruments, flowers, books, lemons, feathers, walnut, money, broken glass, crosses, eggshells etc.
Items in vanitas are not placed in an orderly fashion which is not a common thing in artwork. This shows us nonsense groping for material tings in everyday life. It warns us of vanity and transience of earthly pleasures and goods. These kinds of artworks are not just art, but they bear an important ethical message. They remind us that all “unimportant” pleasures of life, passion, ambition... are suddenly permanently wiped away by death.
Mihael Kacafura, born in 1955, lives and works in Maribor, Slovenia. His love for photography goes back all the way to 1968 and since 2011 he is a member of Photography club in Maribor. He had 7 independent exhibitions and was a part of 49 group exhibitions. His main motives are landscape (in color), portrait and nude photography (in black and white), but he likes to challenge himself in other motives and genres.
Author's comment on this exhibition (reference):
Charlie Brown: Some day, we will all die, Snoopy!
Snoopy: True, but in other days, we will not.