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PROJECTIONS OF SELF (article first published : 2004-08-1)

Chris Luke is better known as a hot saxophonist usually appearing at the Barnyard Theatre – and, in fact, appearing in their current show Diamonds & Dust. However, he’s also no slouch behind the camera lens which will be borne out by Projections of self: A Photographic Exhibition by Chris Luke which opens at Bean Bag Bohemia on August 1.

“These 50 photographs represent a collective projection of the themes that make up my life,” Luke explains. “These include my life as a performer and artist, and the people who have journeyed with me. All the photographs were taken by myself. Photographs, in which I appear, are self-portraits and were taken with the use of a tripod, the self-timer, or a mirror. With the exception of Free me all photographs were taken without the help of another individual.

“I first started taking pictures of myself when I discovered that I wanted to express something that could be expressed best through my own demeanor. Some of the self-portraits or projections were initially created for a book I have written called Suburban Dream. The book deals with the themes of “outsider-dom”.

“This theme, of the outsider, is given voice in the literary by Albert Camus, in the philosophical by Colin Wilson and in person by artists such as Van Gogh and Vaslav Nijinsky. I have attempted to voice this theme in photographs: The outsider in my exhibition finds himself alienated from the social `dream’ that is suburbia. Amongst the Self-Projections are ten photographs that relate specifically to this theme.

The other photographs in this exhibition are primarily of performers and friends that I have had the privilege to know and work with. Some of these photographs include Amra-Faye Wright (Rouge Pulp); Capetonian choreographer Didi Moses and well known pianist and MD, Trevor Harper. Many of the photographs are from Barnyard Theatre productions: Ramaine Barreiro (Glory Days and Mick and Tina); Barry Thompson (La Vida), Hlengiwe Lushaba, Zami Mdingi, Aubrey Poo, Hlube, Vuyo Myoli and Labella Dani (from the current Barnyard production of Diamonds & Dust) and Adrian Poulsen, Fred Hayward and Granville Michaels; from the Barnyard Theatre production Piano Boys and Roll Over Beethoven (Johannesburg).




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