Toronto, Ontario M6J 2H2
In the early part of the 19th century, Jean-Gaspard Deburau became one of the most famous pantomime actors of his time. Deburau’s Pierrot was a re-invention of the classic character – a carryover from the Commedia dell’Arte – already on Parisian stages, but his version had a lasting effect on the art of pantomime for generations. Naturally, Debaurau’s son Charles, soon performed his father’s version of the character in several cities across France, and eventually trained other men to perform the same role. In his early 20s, Charles re-enacted some of his father’s best-known roles in front of Parisian photographer Nadar’s camera. For this exhibition, Maggs has restaged Nadar’s images of the younger Pierrot, as autobiographical self-portraits. Much like Maggs’ previous work, After Nadar playfully references a rich section of Parisian and photographic history. In addition, Maggs will exhibit his interpretation of Nadar’s Revolving Self-portrait, 1865, again using himself as the subject.