Théâtre d'ombres

Christian Boltanski has never been associated with a specific art movement, but has received critical acclaim and attention ever since he began working in France in the 1960s. His works often explore the depth of human suffering that was experienced during the Holocaust, with recurring themes including death, memory and loss.

Here in this exclusive new-media artwork Théâtre d’ombres, a theatrical, dance-like composition depicts nightmarish figures in shadowed silhouettes. As they dance across the walls, moving in and out of focus, they become evocative of devilish or skeleton-like characters from childhood brandishing spears and axes. This macabre imagery acts as a memento mori, reminding us of the transient nature of life and the inevitability of death.

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