The visionary and surreal world of award-winning photographer Marco Sanges comes to Eduard Planting Gallery.

'Beyond Decadence’ shows an exciting selection of surrealistic, erotic scenes and portraits of striking characters. Silent movies were a major inspiration for the epic pictures of this innovative photographer and filmmaker.

Says artist Gavin Turk, “Marco Sanges’ art is like going to a theatre through different doors where suddenly a little dark hallway leads you to the main stage of the universe of dreams...” Sanges is attracted in particular to the luminous black and white films of the silent era and creates photographs in sequence that are narrative based, enigmatic and that evoke a feeling of mystery and the sense of a sensual, uncanny world just out of grasp. A magnification of imagination, the surrealistic nature of his artwork represents the liberation of the unconscious, as a means to create art outside the boundaries of official culture, the rejection of established values and a concrete effort to illustrate extreme mental states, unconventional ideas, or elaborate fantasy worlds, all elements typical of ‘Outside Art’. This exhibition brings together the work of an artist who is passionate about life in its entirety and continues to evoke, transcend and excite the world.

For the exhibition a selection has been made from three different series: Big Scenes, Portraits and Circumstances. In this way the audience can get acquinted with the best of Sanges’ work. It is the first time Marco Sanges exhibits in the Netherlands. The exhibition will also be part of the Downtown program of Amsterdam Fashion Week (6 – 15 July) and of Amsterdam Gay Pride (2 – 5 August).

Marco Sanges
Marco Sanges was born in Rome in 1970. He started work in a photographic studio near Rome. Fascinated by fashion, he became a photographer for Vogue Italia before moving to London, where he now lives. An imaginative and innovative photographer, he has exhibited worldwide. His clients include: Agent Provocateur, Vogue, The Sunday Telegraph, Esquire, Silvershotz, Elle, Creative Review , Wall Street International Magazine and Dolce&Gabbana. His previous solo exhibitions include: Art and Design London, (2012) Gosh Art Auction London, (2011) Edward James Foundation ,West Dean (2011),Espai Barcelona, Hay Hill Gallery, Cork street,London (2010), Big Scenes, Hackney Empire, London (2010); Beyond Decadence, Arts Centre, Windsor (2010); Savile Row, B-Store, London (2006); Purity, Cobden Club, London (2004). Group exhibitions include: Take Home a Nude, Academy of Arts, New York (2009); British Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London (2008 and 2009); London Art Fair, Business Design Centre (2009); Art London, Royal Hospital, Chelsea (2008); and 20th Anniversary, Jonathan Cooper, London (2008). Awards include Best Art Film at the Portobello Film Festival 2008 and Open Cinema Film Festival 2009 (St. Petersburg, Russia) for the short Circumstances. His books include: Circumstances, Venus, Animal, and Erotic Photography. Marco’s work is in the permanent collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, USA.

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