Big Game, 2005
Annika Sundvik Gallery Annex, SnakeShow Project Room
New York, NY. October 2005
Photographic cycloramic installation, 350 inkjet prints
This cycloramic installation titled Big Game, is an expansion of the tableaux The Hunter. The tableaux is a reenactment of a photograph taken in Africa in the early 1900s and is of a hunter facing down a wounded lion. The proximity of the photographer in this scenario is what in part fascinated me enough to want to expand the piece into a full room experience where the viewer is placed within the boundaries of the image.
he Hunter expanded into a cycloramic photographic installation designed for the Snake Show Project Room, an annex of Annika Sundvik Gallery, New York, NY. The photo tableau then was interpreted into an animation, Big Game, where it included the original photograph that inspired the initial project - a hunter in Africa facing down a wounded lion, ca. 1915.
Unseen in the photograph yet their presence is felt, is that of the photographer. My question when making this piece was "How frightening was this for the photographer to be so close?" and "What was going through their mind?". When taking this into consideration, I decided I had to make a full room cycloramic installation and place the viewer inside the picture so that they could stand between the photographer on one wall and the tense and volatile moment on the other.
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