Saturday, 14 July 2012

Phantasmagoria x Marco Sanges #ProudGalleries

London-based photographer Marco Sanges is unveiling a new exhibition entitled 'Phantasmagoria' at Proud Galleries.

Phantasmagoria (according to 
Wikipedia), was "form of theatre which used a modified magic lantern to project frightening images such as skeletons, demons, and ghosts onto walls, smoke, or semi-transparent screens, frequently using rear projection. The projector was mobile, allowing the projected image to move and change size on the screen, and multiple projecting devices allowed for quick switching of different images. Invented in France in the late 18th century, it gained popularity through most of Europe (especially England) throughout the 19th century."
So now you know.

Sanges' exhibition explores an imaginary cinema of nudity and voyeurism, danger and play and sexuality and costume. In a society where individuals and couples address their sexual needs and experiment more than any other era before; and with the '50 Shades of Grey' phenomenon sweeping the world by shining a spotlight on the world of sadomasochism - Sanges asks what is left to satisfy the sexual appetite, other than turning to something more extreme? 

Inspired by the luminous black and white films of the silent film era and the sequential nature of cinema, Sanges' exhibition features a retrospective series of apparitional photography that uses optical trickery and illusions to trick the eye, while tracing a narrative of imagination and desire. Phantasmagoria will also include Sanges' visual collaborations with brands such as Agent Provocateur and large scale prints of his signature surreal and dreamlike monochrome photography, along with a unique, site-specific installation. 

A private view takes place on the 25th July at Proud Galleries and the exhibition opens to the public the following day, running until 30th September.

All Images © Marco Sanges


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