Gérard Rancinan, ‘The Birth of the Angel’, 2015, Opera Gallery

This work speaks to the inherent paradox of the human condition. Driven by impulse yet controlled by intention, mankind is perpetually caught between the desire to act and control. Unlike other species, he is a victim of darkness and impenetrable complexity, capable of in icting barbaric cruelty. While he cannot escape his nature, he can spend his life controlling his conscience in the hopes of one day transcending himself.

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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