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.
Thomas Struth at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
Opening on 10 January, an exhibition of work by Thomas Struth will be on display at Marian Goodman Gallery. Struth’s recent series investigates the complexity of techno-scientific spaces throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Review DAVID MALJKOVIC at Sprüth Magers, London
Constituting an imaginative reinterpretation of historical eras and literary masterpieces, Tagliavini explores idiosyncratic themes and characters.
As Exciting As We Can Make It: Ikon in the 1980s, Ikon, Birmingham
Exciting As We Can Make It: Ikon in the 1980s is the highlight of Ikon’s 50th anniversary year, taking place between 2 July and 31 August. Featuring a variety of pieces, the exhibition is a survey of Ikon’s program from 1979 to 1989.