MosaicPolaroid Project

Polaroid Project was created in two hours at a live art event, using 150 cut up Polaroid photos.

In DUMBO Brooklyn, three photographers were each given a Polaroid camera, 150 exposures, a bag of tools, an audience of 300 people dressed as grandmothers, and two hours in which to take and assemble 150 photographs into a mosaic, telling some kind of a story. The other participants were Elizabeth Weinberg and Joseph Holmes.

Starting in opposite corners are uncut pictures of a fully clothed man (bottom left / tinted blue) and a fully clothed woman (top right / tinted pink). Both genders twist towards the center along curved paths, discarding clothes, wigs, shoes, and other accessories along the way, as the photos start to shatter, becoming less about objects and more about flesh. Approaching the center, the pictures are increasingly difficult to discern, as body parts blend together and their owners' identities dissolve. Throughout the piece, the male and female cut marks are symmetric, mirrored copies of each other, extending beyond the boundaries of the photographs into the white border, itself composed of the individual white borders of all 150 Polaroids, so that the whole canvas comes to resemble a single giant Polaroid exposure.

Polaroid Project was made by Jonathan Harris and assisted by the wonderful Kyla Fullenwider.