SOFIA ARSENAL – MUSEUM FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
or the Exaltation of Being
Antoine d’Agata – an in-depth explorer of the dark nooks and crannies of the human soul
and of everything we call taboo
Opening: Thursday, 20 June, at 6 p. m.
Sofia Arsenal – Museum for Contemporary Art, 2, Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Antoine d’Agata is a photographer who works for one of the most prestigious storytelling photographic agencies in the world—Magnum.
Corpus is an installation of sound, video, text, and photo images. The themes on which Antoine d’Agata works are usually considered taboo: addiction, sex, personal obsessions, prostitution. He often uses his own life experiences as source material: ‘My intimacy is linked so much to my work, and my work depends so much on my intimate experiences of the world. It’s all intermingled.’
The artist knows how to provoke the viewer, leading him into the subconscious and the intimate without fear or shame, with a dose of voyeurism. The cruel world depicted in the photos of this virtuoso arouses the curiosity of the man who would never cross the line of taboo.
Antoine d’Agata was born in 1961 in Marseille. He left France in 1983 to travel the world. In the early 1990s, he settled in New York, enrolling in a course at the International Center of Photography, under the tutelage of Larry Clark and Nan Goldin, while taking an internship at the Magnum editorial department. On returning to France, for a period of some four years, he was not involved in photography. He reverted to the profession in 1997. In only one year, he published his first photobooks: De Mala Muerte and Mala Noche. His work began selling almost immediately through the Vu Gallery. In 2001, after the publication of Hometown, he won the Niépce Prize for young photographers in France. This was followed by a few photobooks and three films.
In 2008, he became a full member of Magnum Photos and, in 2009, a documentary film about him was released, entitled The Cambodian Room: Situations with Antoine d'Agata.
The Sixth Fotofabrika Festival is part of the 2019 Cultural Events Calendar of Sofia Municipality and has been a partner of UniCredit Bulbank since its launch.
For further information:
Emi Barouh – 0887 563 988