Aleksandra Mir

Astronauts

BERLIN—A group of Christian saints in golden garb is collaged into a photo of four American astronauts in silver space-suits. The groups resemble each other through their shining metallic appearance, as well as through the circular borders around their heads provided by space-helmets and halos. Mir’s artistic work reveals analogies in the iconography of science and religion. Both produce paternal figures of identification, both have claims to power over human life and the Earth. At the same time, both saints and astronauts stand for the hope of something beyond earthly existence.

Father Figures Are Hard to Find, nGbK Kunstverein, Berlin, 2016