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Yahaira Kalaf

Air Balloobs (Google Searches series), 2016

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KALAF:  ‪hello !‬‬‬

 

I got it… i feel a bit silly not knowing what you meant by GChat, so i googled it ‬‬‬

 

RAMOS:  ‪haha‬‬‬

 

you can always count on google

 

KALAF:  ‪Its good to know I can count on something ‬‬‬

 

RAMOS:  ‪yes‬‬‬

 

you actually have a menu item in your website called google searches

 

for example

 

air-balloobs

 

is this an image you found?

 

or an image you created?

 

KALAF:  ‪an image i created ‬‬‬

 

It came into conversation once

 

so i decided to make it happen for me visually

 

RAMOS:  ‪... sorry i'm totally looking through all of them right now‬‬‬

 

finger licking good - ha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAMOS: and nowhere with you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAMOS: i love these

 

theres a subtle or not really subtle sexuality to all of your work

 

and it is very elegant in my opinion

 

even while being overt

 

KALAF:  ‪glad you can find them humorous, i still catch myself giggling at some ‬‬‬

 

RAMOS:  ‪oh for sure - there is a gradient of humor‬‬‬

 

like blue moon for example

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAMOS:  ‪it's not that its humorous but it is the .... i'm looking for a word‬‬‬

 

unlikeliness

 

or outrageous

 

can't put my finger on it

 

‪unapologetic!

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KALAF:  ‪unapologetic.. ill take that  ‬‬‬

 

RAMOS:  ‪i originally asked you to have this conversation with me when i saw your series on religion‬‬‬

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

where are those on your website?

 

KALAF:  ‪See the thing about that project ...‬‬‬

 

I started it as practice. I had to take a photoshop class, and our professor told us we should use our imagination really go wild. ‬‬‬

 

So I mean I pretty much heard "free for all". I come from a catholic background, but I'm not religious. And i guess if I did believe in a higher power it would be a Woman.‬‬‬

 

RAMOS:  ‪that's a bit bias‬‬‬

 

why wouldn't it be a hybrid of the two?

 

KALAF:  ‪Honestly, thats a good way to think of it.‬‬‬

 

maybe ill make a collage that shows my lady jesus morphing

 

RAMOS:  ‪i think it would be absolutely contemporary to make collages of a new gender‬‬‬

 

one that based on this theory can really be more like the creator

 

KALAF:  ‪You know before i just used it s practice. ‬‬‬

 

RAMOS:  ‪practice for what?‬‬‬

 

KALAF:  ‪just to improve my photoshop skill ‬‬‬

 

But now since i posted my recent ones (that were flagged)

 

It was nice to see that people could appreciate them

 

RAMOS:  ‪i think if they were flagged it is a very very good sign‬‬‬

 

KALAF:  ‪i mean i also got a lot of backlash which is okay with me ‬‬‬

 

but its good to know people could find the positive in it.

 

RAMOS:  ‪backlash is icing on the cake‬‬‬

 

KALAF:  ‪Makes my heart smirk ‬‬‬

 

it feels great honestly

 

That those collages could make someone feel something. even if its anger‬‬‬

 

RAMOS:  ‪you are allowing people to explore emotion‬‬‬

 

or rather you are a conduit for navigating such

 

for me, and this is personal, it gave me great joy to not take the images of religion so seriously

 

i'm sure Jesus is not insulted

 

so why should we?

 

the point of spirituality or religion is to find peace and spread peace

 

KALAF:  ‪I mean my mother has seen them ‬‬‬

 

some make her uncomfortable but they eventually make her giggle

 

so it allows people to not feel so uptight about such a topic

 

RAMOS:  ‪i can't speak for Jesus but i would be giggling too‬‬‬

 

KALAF:  ‪Ha pretty much. But then you've got lords followers sending me to hell and cussing at me for creating these images ‬‬‬

 

RAMOS:  ‪well they need something to do‬‬‬

 

KALAF:  ‪guess you're right ‬‬‬

 

when you're right, you're right

 

RAMOS:  ‪so what's next?‬‬‬

 

where do you plan to take all of this information?

 

KALAF:  ‪Gonna start selling prints outside of the Vatican City‬‬‬

 

hah just kidding

 

idk maybe i'll make a church of some sorts for the face I've created

 

got me thinking here !

 

RAMOS:  ‪yes! a whole new religion for the future androgynous society‬‬‬

 

 

Yahaira Kalaf

Finger Licking Good (Google Searches series), 2016

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Yahaira Kalaf

Nowhere With You (Google Searches series), 2016

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Yahaira Kalaf

Blue Moon (Google Searches series), 2016

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Yahaira Kalaf

Untitled (She is a woman series), 2016

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