Encounters [2002-2007]

Encounters is Manuel Vason’s second extensive collection of photographic collaborations with artists working in performance. Through more extensively dialogue-based modes of collaboration, his beautifully stylized and vividly constructed images question relations and boundaries between the body and space, architectures and the event, and between actions, time and memory. –

“Vason’s pieces are arguably both photograph and performance, asking us to engage a photograph not only as a record of a performance, but as the performance itself”

– Rebecca Schneider, Associate Professor of Theatre, Speech and Dance Theatre, Speech & Dance, Brown University, USA, 2007

 

  • Alistair MacLennan and Manuel Vason, Collaboration #1, Belfast, 2006

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective perspex 100x127cm

  • Steven Cohen and Manuel Vason, Collaboration #1, La Rochelle, 2006

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective perspex 100x127cm

  • Ernst Fischer and Manuel Vason, Collaboration #8, London, 2004

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective perspex 100x127cm

  • Ron Athey and Manuel Vason, Collaboration #3, Glasgow, 2006

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective perspex 100x127cm

  • Alex Bradley and Manuel Vason, Collaboration#1 Bristol, 2006

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective perspex 89x114

  • Anne Seagrave and Manuel Vason, Collaboration #1, London, 2005

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective perspex 89x114

  • Marcela Levi and Manuel Vason, Collaboration #1, Birmingham, 2006

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective perspex 89x114

  • Francesca Steele and Manuel Vason, Collaboration #3, Newcastle, 2007

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective perspex 89x114

  • Paul Hurley and Manuel Vason, Collaboration #2, Bristol, 2006

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective perspex 89x114

  • Kira O'Reilly and Manuel Vason, Collaboration #5, London, 2005

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective perspex 89x114

  • Franko B and Manuel Vason, Collaboration#8 London, 2003

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective perspex 89x114

  • Miguel Pereira and Manuel Vason, Collaboration#2 Bristol, 2006

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective perspex 89x114

  • Monika Tichacek and Manuel Vason, Collaboration#1 Bristol, 2006

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective perspex 89x114

  • Paul Hurley and Manuel Vason, Collaboration#2 Bristol, 2006

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective perspex 89x114

  • Stuart Brisley and Manuel Vason, Collaboration#1 London, 2006

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective perspex 89x114

  • Veenus Vortex and Manuel Vason, Collaboration#5 London, 2006

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective perspex 89x114

  • Guillermo Gómez-Pena and Manuel Vason Collaboration#7 Liverpool 2002

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective perspex 89x114

  • Kira O'Reilly and Manuel Vason Collaboration#1 London 2002

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective perspex 89x114

  • Yann Marussich and Manuel Vason Collaboration#1 London 2008

    Fujicolour crystal archive paper mounted on aluminium and anti-reflective perspex 89x114

 

Encounters  emerged out of the experience and framework of the preceding project Exposures. The collaborations in Encounters are more extensively dialogue-based modes of collaboration, and less merely responsive collaborations. The project developed over a period of four years and each collaboration took place over a longer period of time, with Manuel Vason spending up to two weeks with the respective artists, in some cases even living in the artist’s house.

 

“…Vason originally came to the world of performance as an ingénue, almost completely unfamiliar with the live art territory, stunned by these odd bodies in extreme contexts, bewitched by the unspeakable and the seemingly unrecordable. And it’s this challenge that propels Vason’s own practice forward as he takes some serious time to get to know his subjects: discussing their work at length, going on little adventures, repeatedly shooting the breeze before shooting a single frame.”

– Tim Attack review of Encounters exhibition on RealTime, 2007

 

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