The exhibition includes new works from the eagerly-awaited new series »1406« that have never been exhibited before. Christian Tagliavini has worked for more than two years on his new series. In the exhibition’s second part, main works from previous series such as »1503«, »Carte« and »Voyages Extraordinaires« will be shown.
The series »1503« is Tagliavini’s take on Renaissance portraits by the painter Bronzino. The photographs both transpose and transmogrify the sixteenth-century iconography, but the pictorial is modeled more frontally and more abruptly. The “flat” horizon of each photograph plumbs the depths of time and unfolds an uncanny vision of the sayable.
Created during more than 24 months, “Voyages Extraordinaires” is a series of 28 works in an manner full of passion and love, which narrate three of the most famous novels by Jules Verne: Journey to the center of the Earth (1864), From the Earth to the Moon (1865) and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1869).
By way of moving portraits, Christian Tagliavini connects his concise picture language with the Jules-Vernesque Science-Fiction. The story of creation of “Voyages Extraordinaires” is unique.
Each of the 28 photographs displays a fictitious passenger invented by Christian Tagliavini, based on the three adventurous travels by Jules Verne. He dedicates a classical portrait and a scenic presentation to each protagonist. The works do not narrate the novels as a whole but rather focus on the traveler and their individual specialties, feelings, perceptions and desires, which are also expressed in their charm and grace. As well as the portraits of the passengers, Tagliavini created portraits and scenes representing those waiting for the return of the travellers.
The photobook “Christian Tagliavini” will be published by teNeues publishing house. Published in German, English and French. Available from March 2018.
Finissage of the exhibition and book signing: Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Kantstraße 149 10623 Berlin, Germany
December 09, 2017 to February 24, 2018