08 April 2016

I like for you to be still (images NSFW)

Now open at the the DathĂșil Gallery of Art is the first solo exhibition of photography by Kate Bergdorf, entitled I like for you to be still. "This exhibit is inspired by the poem 'I Like For You To Be Still,' by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1904–1973)," says Kate. "The poem is part of his poetry collection Twenty Love Poems and A Song Of Despair, published in 1924. With the works in this exhibit, I attempt to transmit emotion by using both words and images; each image corresponds to a sentence or words from the poem. An expression of silent love."

Indeed, the warm and beautifully-composed atmospheric compositions do convey a sense of love, even those that in some other context might seem plainly erotic. The complete Neruda poem is displayed next to an photo, "it is as though you are absent" (each image bears a title that can be viewed in edit), that depicts a young woman playing the cello; nearby we see a physical cello and hear the prelude from the first Bach solo cello suite. The exhibition will remain on display until April 30.

2 comments:

  1. My pleasure, and congratulations on the exhibition.

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