The Human Performance

The Human Performance

New York-based May Parlar is a photography and video artist creating visual narratives that explore the notion of identity and belonging, wrapped up in ambiguous timeframes.

Having been educated in architecture and sustainable design, Parlar is especially interested in examining the human condition in relation to other environments. In each image, she translates the contrasting experiences of being and performing within gravity-defying realities.

The photographs instil a sense of the uncanny in the viewer; balls become suspended mid-air whilst ethereal desert planes play host to hidden figures shrouded by sheets, which reappear swathed around barren trees. Parlar successfully communicates metaphor through the series, where recurring objects and elements sweep audiences into dream-like cycles.

IG: @mayparlar


1. All images courtesy of May Parlar.