What Happened To The Guinea Pig? is a love anecdote in images and words inspired by a true story in which I was given the task of looking after a guinea pig, the pet of my then partner, who, after inventing an extravagantly implausible story to justify his request, went off to the seaside with another woman literally in front of my photographer's eyes.

 

In an attempt at disentangling this case, I have subsequently shared the story with carefully selected representatives of different generations, professions and millieux, and, without excessive sentimentality and with a touch of humour, taken photographs of them and questioned them as to what they would have done in my place with both my partner and his guinea pig. I have then juxtaposed their portraits with key excerpts from their statements.

 

This project, realized in 2017, is not only about a love story from a personal archive; it is about all of us and the many different ways in which we can perceive one and the same situation. It is also about communication and expression of our intimate thoughts and inner turbulences, and often our own projections. Along with the exposure of the fragile boundaries between the public and the private, the leitmotif that permeates this story about the guinea pig is the search for 'the truth' that may not even exist.

 

Katarina Radovic