Program 2018

No 55 Clare Strand

United Kingdom (1973)


For her project Snake, Clare Strand reworks pictures found by the artist of women playing with snakes. Seven of these snapshots have been cropped and enlarged in order to create large abstract compositions on which the artist superimposes short poems. Each image thus plays on the antagonistic relationship between photography, a direct vector of information, and poetry, which is more demanding in terms of analysis and reflection. An ambiguous symbol, representing both good and evil, wisdom and trickery, healing and death, the snake is seen by the artist as a metaphor for all these opposing forces.

Original scenography by Images Vevey in association with the artist
The photographs in this series are drawn from the book Girl Plays with Snake, published by Mack Books in 2016