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Vicissitudes of Freedom (with The Villain) - Nuno Roque / Gaudi Kaiser

« Vicissitudes of Freedom (with The Villain) », Self-portrait.      .

Vicissitudes of Freedom

 

This surreal scene presents a figurative, dream-like depiction of Order overruling Chaos. The Villain (villain archetype) appears in an idyllic tableau of domesticated nature with a perfectly blue sky that contrasts with the chopped-out, bloodless bird wings.

Throughout history and across cultures, birds were seen as a symbol of freedom, hope and innocence for their ability to reach new heights by spreading their wings and fly.

 

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.

 

— Présences Photographie, Montélimar (France), 2022.

Type

Photography

Genre

Self-portrait
Fine-art

Series

Self-Reflections

Artists

Nuno Roque
Gaudi Kaiser

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Type

Photography

Genre

Self-portrait
Fine-art

Artists

Nuno Roque
Gaudi Kaiser

Series

Self-Reflections

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Vicissitudes of Freedom (with The Villain) - Nuno Roque / Gaudi Kaiser

« Vicissitudes of Freedom (with The Villain) », Self-portrait.