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"There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast."
"A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you." —Bridget Bardot
Sara Tecchia Roma New York is proud to present a curatorial project by
photo specialist Joseph Kraeutler, including the works of Sarah Baley,
Rachel Barrett, John Divola, Wyatt Gallery, Alexandre Orion, Christa
Parravani, Angela Strassheim, Miroslav Tichy and Paolo Ventura.
"Photography as an art form," explains Kraeutler, "has been
influenced—both inspired and restricted—by the artist's surroundings
since the medium's creation. The photographer's vision is achieved by
careful planning, but more importantly, by the artist's ability to wait
for that perfect moment when everything comes together. When everything
is in place, the photographer takes a shot, hoping to catch what he or
she sees through the lens.
"The exhibition Hunter & Hunted
is a study of the similarities between the roles of "hunter" and
"hunted" and an attempt to explore the ways in which artists,
consciously or unconsciously, touch on this theme in their work. The
primitive instinct to capture a subject has haunted the human psyche
throughout history. What was once a necessity for survival has evolved
into modern forms of the hunt that can be experienced today in
courtship, business, and warfare. Although these pursuits are not as
directly connected with survival, people as modern hunters are still in
search of the same basic needs: food, shelter, and reproduction.
Photography aesthetically embodies this search."
Here we see Miroslav Tichy hunting down his unsuspecting models,
John Divola pursuing the perfect image of himself pursued by canines,
Paolo Ventura's constructed war scenes. With camera as their weapon of
choice, they all hunt the perfect moment, the perfect victim for
Joseph Kraeutler is the Photo Specialist at Phillips de Pury.