The nature of man is his artificiality – Karl Jaspers
The collection also includes small still lifes of objects that once symbolised piety – the attributes normally portrayed with the Christian saints to define their identities.
In these photographs, the sublime quality of the religious paintings that inspired them have transformed into a banal and pathetic absurdity, reflecting the cultural and material degradation of Western societies. The meaningless objects – once meticulously created in workshops of local craftsmen – are now merely mass-produced clutter.
I wanted to depict the transformational, the transcendent, in a world completely devoid of spirituality. I was looking for a glimmer of evidence – any possibility of that existing, even in a plastic object from a pound shop, for example.
There’s a lot of irony here, at points hopeless, but I find beauty in banality – that’s always been part of my personality.
– Chino Moya, Photographer & Filmmaker
For the opening night, the notorious Deep Tan played a DJ set to transfigure the space. Part of london’s thriving post-punk scene, deep tans’ stripped-back, minimal sound is a vehicle for songs that engage with contemporary themes, from deepfake revenge pornography to gender-expansive ideology and stories of furry hedonism.