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Vanitas (with The Prince) - Nuno Roque / Gaudi Kaiser

« Vanitas (with The Prince) », Self-portrait.      .

Vanitas

 

Insects and arachnids have, since ancient times, been the focus of stories and mythologies of various cultures. They appeared as symbols of human qualities or as a presage of impending trouble or death.

Both a self-portrait and a still life, this photograph recalls the classic fairytale imagery of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ unaware of the dangers that lie in wait. The use of taxidermy is recurrent throughout the series.

 

SELF-REFLECTIONS is a series of satirical and surreal self-portraits, presenting a repertoire of four personalities that live inside the same person. I photograph my different sub-personalities as archetypes and fairy tale characters. I name them: The Villain, The Joker, The Prince and The Boy.

 

The images, meticulously constructed like paintings with in-depth work on their characterisation, colour and style, form allegorical tableaux whose narratives intertwine artistic, cinematic and philosophical references. They evoke the construction of identity, childhood, death, freedom, madness… sometimes to comedic effect.

 

Irony and subversion invite the viewer to a striking world filled with a strange chromatic unreality, a theatre of the absurd where a single actor plays all the roles.

 

— Prix Voltaire de la Photographie, Château de Voltaire, Ferney-Voltaire (France), 2021.
— Présences Photographie, Montélimar (France), 2022.
— Prix Voltaire de la Photographie, Château de Bussy-Rabutin, Bussy-le-Grand (France), 2022.

Type

Photography

Genre

Self-portrait
Still Life
Fine-art

Series

Self-Reflections

Artists

Nuno Roque
Gaudi Kaiser

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Type

Photography

Genre

Self-portrait
Still Life
Fine-art

Artists

Nuno Roque
Gaudi Kaiser

Series

Self-Reflections

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Vanitas (with The Prince) - Nuno Roque / Gaudi Kaiser

« Vanitas (with The Prince) », Self-portrait.