Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Ian Giles: After Cravan

Last year, Chelsea graduate Ian Giles recreated the death of the Dadaist artist Arthur Cravan - alone, at sea, off the coast of Mexico in 1918. As Giles notes:
"It’s an imaginary finale because Cravan’s death is mysterious, never confirmed by a witness standing on the shore, not documented photographically, only mentioned fleetingly in texts."
Giles recreated it for the benefit of a video installation, off the coast of South Wales. On a day when I've had some sad family news, I've got really mixed reactions to this defiant, rather poetic act of self sabotage, but it is an undeniably striking image nonetheless.

1 comment:

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