Surrealistic Vintage in Carnival and Burlesque Cinematic Style
Scenes from the city of old: clowns, angels and showgirls…Drawing upon themes of the carnival and burlesque style, Le Turk creates surreal scenes with a vintage cinematic flare. This passionate of French culture is inviting us into a world of poetry, travelling from the vintage circus to the erotic cabarets and brothels. Burlesque and sometimes grotesque, his characters are all captured with tenderness and humor.
Sébastien Salamand better known as “Le Turk” creates surrealistic images featuring themes around the carnival and burlesque scene in a vintage cinematic flair. His series Salbatar Circus shows dramatically staged elephantine women, potbellied acrobats, scarlet harlots and pathetic jugglers. Forgotten, but unwilling to stop the show, these outcasts seem to continue their performance infront of an imaginary audience.
“I have no process. I make myself available to images, visions, characters that already exist. I listen. And I keep a diary, a chronicle of what is happening somewhere, I catch it and I transmit it, that’s all. The rest is a bit of tinkering, trifles, with wood, polystyrene, paint, who cares.” – Le Turk
He is himself a character of his own photographs, an active actor of his own mental drama, Le Turk, authentic, faithful, ostentatious, in a sacred and profane painting, God, Jesus, Bach, Elvis, Duchamp… He creates the world, in his own image, passionately, mentally. Excessive, DIYer, painter, decorator, tragedian, Le Turk is the most patriotic of the French photographers.
He finds the inspiration for his scenes in French history, in the circus, the cabaret, in the Pigalle fashion, in Parisian revolutions, the “Paris Commune”from the Christ to the Burlesque. His world is inspired from cartoons, Jeunet movies and Otto Dix or Jerome Bosch’s paintings. And even if his photographs are purely staged, they constitute nevertheless stolen life scenes, a captured moment, a conquered instant, made in cardboard, wood, polystyrene and other accessories.
A biography would be of no use. Le Turk was born one night simply when listening by chance to Bach’s Saint John Passion, nice and loud in headphones. Nothing else matters than that major awakening, that ground-breaking moment.
His whole work has been dedicated ever since to what he experienced for those eight minutes that lasted for ever. Ever since, he has striven to pass on as genuinely and accurately as he could the Passion that was born that night.
Name: Surrealistic Vintage in Carnival and Burlesque Cinematic Style
Views: portraits of women
Theme Colour: Surrealistic Vintage