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Published on Jul 1, 2015
Special screening Fairytale for Sale reworked. Natasha Caurana in collaboration with composer Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch. Produced by Sarah Howe.
Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France. Night of the Year PAPETERIES ÉTIENNE Free admission Walk through the Roquette quarter to the Papeteries Étienne paper mill, open to the public for the first time. To see the festival’s favourite works by artists and photographers as well as carte blanche exhibitions by institutions.
Natasha Caruana presents a reworking of her series Fairytale for Sale, originally produced in 2011. The work explores wedding customs in the UK, revealing the fantasy, performance and trophy moments of the traditional big day. The series consists of collected online images of brides wearing redundant wedding dresses.
The smiling faces of the bride, groom and their entourages’ are blocked out in white, cloned over, smothered in blue tac or scratched off in a bid to disguise and make anonymous their private day now in the public arena. What remains are bizarre theatres of marriage; white-faced performers have taken to the stage and act out emblematic scenes.
The visual slideshow enters each frame exploring the unnoticed and unseen, choreographed to a specially commissioned score by the composer Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, sampling wedding themed soundbites over a classical and electronic soundscape.