Gérard Rancinan, ‘Decadence’, 2011, Opera Gallery

The times are transitory, full of upheavals, marked by the desperate search for a future. Are we living the end of history as we have always known it? Like a final celebration, a decadent orgy, human history is a collection of collapsing civilisations. Caught up in the web of new versions of Modernity, they leave place for others, or leave no place at all.

About Gérard Rancinan

Gérard Rancinan, who initially became widely known for his portrait photography, produces large-scale photographic tableaux commenting on social issues, politics, violence, and popular culture. Rancinan’s career a photojournalist in his teenage years, covering wars, riots, and natural disasters, directly shaped the critical tone of his later work. Rancinan’s works are often based on classical narratives and iconic artworks, but feature contemporary pop culture figures and objects in dramatic situations. Since 2005, Rancinan has worked on his epic series “Trilogy of the Moderns” with author Caroline Gaudriault, comprised of over 70 photographs. Subjects include remakes of Théodore Géricault’s Raft of the Medusa (1818-9) and Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas (1665), as well as Mickey Mouse- and Batman-themed satires.

French, b. 1953, Talence, France

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