Swiss-Italian Christian Tagliavini (b. 1971) assumes total creative control over his narrative photographic series, producing everything from the meticulously researched, lavish costumes and props to the sets of his shoots, in an approach that blends craftsmanship and fine art. Constituting an imaginative reinterpretation of historical eras and literary masterpieces, Tagliavini explores the idiosyncratic themes and characters of the stories he inhabits. The pictured sequence, Voyages Extraordinaires, reimagines Jules Verne’s novels: Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864) and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (1870). Every photograph features a portrait of a ctitious character inspired by Verne, each portrayed as a traveller – an explorer of space, or a nautical passenger. All have their counterpart waiting for them on Earth: possibly a young girl watching the skies through a telescope. The series originally showed at Camera Work, Berlin. www.christiantagliavini.com.
Scratch-and-Sniff: Celebrating the 2011 Vice Photo Issue
Constituting an imaginative reinterpretation of historical eras and literary masterpieces, Tagliavini explores idiosyncratic themes and characters.
Ai Weiwei, Lisson Gallery
Ai Weiwei is one of the leading cultural figures of his generation and consistently displays great courage in placing himself at risk to affect social change through art. His work often challenges the political systems in place in China.