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Encounters, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UK [2007]

Solo show, curated by Helen Cole

Encounters was Vason’s first major exhibition, and was presented by Arnolfini (Bristol, UK) in 2007, which also published the catalogue Encounters – Performance, photography, collaboration. The exhibition included an arrangement of triggered, theatrical-style lighting and sound, and a red carpet walkway around the gallery, emphasising the experience of looking at these works as a performance in itself.

Encounters is a collection of collaborations and exchanges between Manuel Vason and an array of artists. Vason spent up to two weeks with the respective artist, in some cases even living in the artist’s house. Each of the images presented is a performance for the camera, devised to be experienced as a single photograph and symbolising a mutual ritual towards immortality. The images created seek an opportunity for an intimate encounter with a viewer. Each image invites the viewer’s active and creative interpretation.

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