Gérard Rancinan, ‘The Raft of Illusions’, 2008, Opera Gallery

Can the bright lights of the Promised Land really fulfil the dreams of these men who cover vast swathes of land and sea, putting their very lives at the risk? Is the quest for freedom depicted by Géricault in 1817 featuring the desperados of the Medusa fleeing from slavery now reduced to a banal desire for seductive Western brands and simple consumer products?

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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