It might have been easily overlooked by an inattentive passer-by in the sizzling City That Never Sleeps, but the exhibition “Act: Meditations on the disabled Body” in the Lawrence Milled Gallery of the French photographer Denis Darzacq shook the grounds of the New York art-scene and beyond.
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The work of Denis Darzacq (Paris, 1961) has always been remarkable for his sparkling, vivid and intimate photographs of ‘real people’ . Photographs where he questions the place of the individual in modern society without avoiding to show its frustrations and its senses of freedom they anxiously try to protect.
The social relevance of his photographs are fed by his experience as a press photographer, where he captured the beauty of the world as well as it’s ugly bits for all people to see.
For his exhibition ‘Act’ he deliberately pushes the boundaries of what is generally considered to be esthetic and made portraits of people that have been born with a disability. Dissablilities that vary from Cerebral Palsy to Down Syndrome.
The most striking thing in this series is that Darzacq manages to portray these people as up to par human beings. He captures their strength and dignity and reveals their true beauty. Making us aware that these people qualify to be full-fetched part of our society instead of being singled out and labeled 'Disabled'.
How amazing, and of upmost importance, that an artist such as Darzacq can visualize what we usually somehow are reluctant to see. How art in general can play a crucial role in the World Acceptance of all people.
Take the opportunity to hear this extraordinary artist give a lecture about his work at the international photo festival ‘BredaPhoto’, taking place from September 13th until October 21st 2012. !
Certainly worthwhile a visit …
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