Four years in the making, ‘Transfiguration’ is an experimental photo series that explores how a transformation of the body—of the figure—can transform the spirit. Working with circus artists and dancers, Hopper covers each of his participants in multiple layers of black paint and white powder. A visual ‘Transfiguration’ takes place—a change of colour, form and texture—but there seems to be something deeper: the person is also transfigured, stripped back to a raw state as though in a ritual.
Since the first shoot in autumn 2012, Hopper has worked with artists from London and Montreal, with graduates from the great national school CNAC at Châlons-en-Champagne in France, The National Circus School in Montreal, the National Centre for Circus Arts in London, and with other exceptional performers from around the globe.
Ben Hopper, Transfiguration
Exhibition Dates: April 29 – May 8, 2016
The Old Truman Brewery
91 Brick Lane
London E1 6QL