Sam Taylor-Johnson OBESoliloquy I 1998

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Soliloquy I
Date 1998
MediumPhotograph, colour, Chromogenic print, on paper
Dimensionsimage: 1654 x 2485 mm image: 325 x 2485 mm
Acquisition Purchased with funds provided by the Gytha Trust 1999
Not on display


This print is one of five photographs that form Sam Taylor-Wood’s Soliloquy series, which was produced for her 1998 one-person exhibition at the Prada Foundation in Milan. Tate owns two of the five photographs, the other one being Soliloquy I (Tate P78318). Soliloquy II was printed in an edition of six; Tate owns number five in the edition.

The work comprises a large single image with below it a highly elongated, panoramic scene. A man stands in the centre of the large upper image on a gravelled path surrounded by hunting dogs. He is naked from the waist up apart from a small crucifix on a chain around his neck. The belt on his trousers is undone. He is unshaven and his face looks drawn. At the same time, his bearing is dignified and elegant. Behind him are autumnally-coloured trees and foliage. The scene below is set in a tiled changing room. Men and women, dressed and undressed, sit, stand or perform sexual acts with one another… (read more)

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