photographer Dennis Morris will be displaying his latest work at "Crucifixion".
The exhibition will be showing from 13th June - 13th July 2002 at 1-5 Crucifix
Lane, London SE1. Dennis's photographs, which were shot using an Olympus camera,
document the painful experience of a real-life ceremonial crucifixion.
Morris is best known for his work with The Sex Pistols and Bob Marley, but his
current work features more interesting material. Dennis's photographs at "Crucifixion"
offer a fresh treatment of one of the most established themes in Western art.
depict artist Sebastian Horsley being nailed to a cross, and chart his sufferings
as he hangs suspended by his hands. Dennis shot the harrowing sequence in the
Philippines, where the ordeal of crucifixion is a popular ceremony in the village
Calvary, near Angelese, Philippines.
Sebastian travelled to Calvary and
became the first Westerner ever to be crucified. Suffering for the sake of art
doesn't come much more painful than this. "An artist has to got to every
extreme, to stretch his sensibility through excess and suffering, in order to
feel and communicate more" says Sebastian.
Taking the photographs was
a disturbing experience for Dennis Morris: "I've seen some pretty extreme
sights, but nothing to compare to this. I lost all track of time. It was like
living through a whole day and a night in half an hour."
He used an
Olympus OM3Ti to capture the brutal images: "I needed an unobtrusive camera.
When I'm shooting something as painful and private as Sebastian's experience,
I don't want a massive lens. And I like the feel and weight of Olympus' SLR technology."
chose Dennis to photograph the ceremony because he knew he could handle extreme
subject matter. The artists were both punks in the 70s, and Sebastian was a big
fan of Dennis's work with the Sex Pistols.
features paintings and a film installation interpreting Sebastian's crucifixion.