F. Emmanuel Bastien
EXHIBITION DATES: December 6 – 30, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday, December 5, 2017, from 6pm to 8pm. All are very welcome.
Venice is a city with a glorious past. Her economic and political power is long gone, but her beauty is still unchallenged. My pictures are a gloomy look into her future. You see another city, another world. Even the persons seem to stem from another era. Famous buildings like St. Mark’s cathedral or Rialto bridge are falling apart, set on fire and flooded. Monstrous pigeons and bizarre human creatures are ruling. These photographs are taken from reflections of puddles. Their eerie colors, shapes and distortions are caused by debris, mud, leaves, undercoating, dirt and wind. To show them, I turn them upside down. In this very moment, the pictures are changing: A window opens up and now you can see an apocalyptic world, where death is looming. There is a famous artistic tradition of such visions, best known by the pictures of Hieronymus Bosch and Peter Bruegel the Elder. They show terrifying worlds with monsters, hellish cityscapes and spectacular fires.