Christian Tagliavini

Circesque

"Circesque" is a celebration of an idea Christian Tagliavini had in 2008 and resulted in his photographic series of the same title produced in 2019. Exploring the world of the circus, this specially crafted book is a unique invitation for the reader to form their own stories through exquisitely detailed costumes, unexpected props, and a glimpse of the people behind the greasepaint and powder.

"Circesque", explores the untold lives of circus folk. Stripped of the tired clichés of circus life, these mise-en-scène portraits reveal the human behind the archetype. The images betray the protagonists’ innermost feelings as they mount the platform, put themselves on the line, and take the risk: all under the watchful eye of their audience. Acrobats. Trapezists. High-wire performers. Escape artists. Tattooed ladies. Jugglers. Nature-defying contortionists. All present and accounted for as in any traditional Big Top. But a closer look reveals some unusual details.

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After the eponymous first book by artist Christian Tagliavini, which was also published by teNeues in 2018, the second to his latest photo series Circesque is now published. The exceptional artist, whose art uniquely combines craft, photography and stage design, dedicates himself here to the actors of the circus world. Sometimes enigmatic, sometimes touching, always rich in detail and stylistically driven to the extreme, these latest works of the Swiss fascinate his viewers anew.

Christian Tagliavini
Photographer
Price
€ 50 | $ 65 | £ 45
Availability
Pages
96
Images
approx. 33 photographs
Format
25 x 32 cm | 9 5/6 x 12 3/5 in.

Book title
Circesque
Publisher
teNeues Verlag GmbH
Release date
28.6.2023
Format
25 x 32 cm | 9 5/6 x 12 3/5 in.
Language
English
Pages
96
Images
approx. 33 photographs
Price
€ 50 | $ 65 | £ 45
Finish / Special Book-Work
Hardcover
Category
Art & Culture
ISBN (DE)
978-3-96171-537-4

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