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Encounters – Performance, photography, collaboration
  • Encounters – Performance, photography, collaboration

    Published by Arnolfini Gallery Ltd, Bristol in 2007.

    Hard Cover and paperback, 218 pages, colour photographs throughout, 28.2 cm x 22.6 cm.

     ISBN 978-0907738848, UK.


    Encounters is an extensive collection of Manuel Vason’s photographic collaborations with artists working in performance.

    Vason’s beautifully stylized and vividly constructed images question relations and boundaries between the body and space, architectures and the event, and between actions, time and memory.


    Published by Arnolfini to accompany the first major exhibition of Vason’s work in the UK, and edited by Dominic Johnson, Encounters brings together exciting new critical essays on Vason’s collaborative images, by Rebecca SchneiderTracey Warr and Kate Random Love.


    Through the lens of Vason’s practice, these essays explore performance and photography, documentation and portraiture, and the challenging historical relationships between each development. The publication also contains a series of commissioned artist writings on the collaborative process, by Ernst FischerHelen SpackmanRichard Hancock and Traci KellyAnne Seagrave, and other performance practitioners.



    ‘Manuel Vason's startling and stylised images, powerfully reproduced in Encounters, violently force bodily abjection into the arena of the sublime. Not since the era of Caravaggio and Bernini has pain been so exquisitely and beautifully rendered - here, through Vason's capacity to connect, via the red- hot wire of aesthetic reduction, to the bodies that wield and convey it’


    Amelia Jones, Robert A. Day Professor and Vice Dean of Research at the Roski School of Art and Design at University of Southern California,


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