Behind Closed Doors

Tanya Kottler – Behind Closed Doors

In the 1960’s, an American created a viewing platform in his motel in order to observe his guests in their rooms, invading what is deemed of private nature.  Using this as a starting point, the motel room enabled me to create a vacant space that belongs to no one. I was thus able to imagine characters and scenes in a place that I fully reconstructed myself. Mundane actions of people coming and going with nothing ever happening, yet still offering a glimpse into their lives, spark curiosity about what can occur behind closed doors.  While looking at my pictures, the viewer evolves into a voyeur.

Diploma project (2017) by Tanya Kottler

In the 1960’s, an American created a viewing platform in his motel in order to observe his guests in their rooms, invading what is deemed of private nature.

Using this as a starting point, the motel room enabled me to create a vacant space that belongs to no one. I was thus able to imagine characters and scenes in a place that I fully reconstructed myself. Mundane actions of people coming and going with nothing ever happening, yet still offering a glimpse into their lives, spark curiosity about what can occur behind closed doors.

While looking at my pictures, the viewer evolves into a voyeur.

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