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Calotype Martial Verdier

The wild tarot is a series of photographs – calotypes – produced by Martial Verdier, from body-paintings made by Sylvain Paris on the ssayans’ body.
To create the body patterns of The wild tarot, ssayan was inspired by La danse du serpent (The serpents’ dance), the book of Romuald Leterrier, and by the iconography of the gypsy tarot, linking the two.

The photographs are accompanied by texts of ssayan (work in progress).
The themes of writing are the junction between nomadism and shamanism, creating passages between the visionary world of Amazonian peoples and the worldview of the Roma gypsies.
This writing is inspired by readings of the anthropologist Jeremy Narby (The Cosmic Serpent), the ethno-botanist Romuald Leterrier (The serpent’s dance) and Tchalaï Unger, a journalist and tarologist interested in the concept of collective memory.

 

 

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Le tarot sauvage - preparations
Le tarot sauvage - preparations
Le tarot sauvage - preparations
Le tarot sauvage - preparations
Le tarot sauvage - preparations
Le tarot sauvage - preparations
Le tarot sauvage - preparations
Le tarot sauvage - preparations
Le tarot sauvage - preparations
Le tarot sauvage - preparations
Le tarot sauvage - preparations
Le tarot sauvage - preparations


I think the art finally gets birth from deficiency and leave, insufficiency and distraction, from the imperfectible flaw and the anomaly.
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