Double Exposures: Performance as Photography, Photography as Performance

Photographer and artist Manuel Vason has collaborated with 40 performance artists to make a series of powerful and provocative images, which are captured in this new book, Double Exposures: Performance as Photography, Photography as Performance.

Double Exposures – Performance as Photography, Photography as Performance

Most of the situations that have been created are arresting enough to take at face value; they are deliberately shocking and visceral – although the artistic intent or message isn’t always clear…

Nicola Canavan and Manuel Vason, Double Exposure, London 2014
Nicola Canavan and Manuel Vason, Double Exposure, London 2014

They also show how photography and performance can borrow from each other to create unique situations.   

Alexandra Zierle & Paul Carter and manuel Vason, Double Exposures, Penzance, 2013
Alexandra Zierle & Paul Carter and manuel Vason, Double Exposures, Penzance, 2013

Each collaboration is presented as a diptych in the book. The first set of images, Reversing the Gaze saw Vason invite 20 artists he has worked with before to create one image that relates to their own practice and one which sees them working with Vason’s body.

Elvira Santamaria Torres and Manuel Vason, Double Exposures, Belfast, 2013
Elvira Santamaria Torres and Manuel Vason, Double Exposures, Belfast, 2013

The second set, Double Image saw Vason collaborate with twenty artists he hasn’t worked with before. All of them are known to have a particular focus on the body in their work. Theses images are again presented as diptychs.

Mat Fraser and Manuel Vason, Double Exposures, London, 2013
Mat Fraser and Manuel Vason, Double Exposures, London, 2013

At the heart of both studies is the idea that photography and performance can borrow from each other to create a “hybrid art form”.

Ron Athey and Manuel Vason, Double Exposures, London 2012 and Mojave Desert 2013

A series of essays is published within the book, which is edited by David Evans, covering subjects including the relationship between photography and performance, identity, and mediation.

Double Exposures: Performance as Photography, Photography as Performance is published on 14 November by Manuel Vason.

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