10 April 2014
Exhibitions, Industry news
Hamiltons fourth exclusively online exhibition Venenum
presents, for the first time as one, three of Guido Mocafico’s studies – Serpens, Aranea and Medusa – which Mocafico always intended to be a trilogy. Prices start at Euro 14,000.
Photographed across the world, each of these venomous creatures is portrayed against a black backdrop creating intense and dramatic ‘portraits’. Serpens depicts a vast collection of snakes, including vipers and cobras; Aranea, a selection of tarantulas from the Theraphoside family and Medusa, a beguiling yet unnerving selection of jellyfish.
Mocafico explains: 'a photograph has to provoke a reaction' and this trilogy of works does exactly that. His images incite the most conflicting of human emotions, which he himself experienced whilst photographing. 'I have always been terrified by these reptiles' Mocafico said of the snakes, 'but I also find them terribly fascinating. I felt a sort of repulsion-attraction for these living creatures.'
Despite the creatures of Venenum igniting a sense of fear for many, Mocafico chooses to depict them vividly and close up elevating them to protagonist stature. As a master of technique, the lighting and arrangement work together with the subject matter to rouse this combination of repugnance yet admiration for their beauty. 'If I had to define beauty, I’d say it has to contain an element of darkness or danger.' Guido Mocafico.
The exhibition runs online from 3 April-13 May 2014. See: www.hamiltonsgallery.com
Image: © Guido Mocafico / Elaphe guttata (S42), 2003. Chromogenic print, edition of 4