Inside Artists - Issue 11

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14 ARTIST PROFILE Agatha Whitechapel

Agatha Whitechapel


isual artist Agatha Whitechapel is a collage photographer and film maker. She combines documentary with elements she describes as ‘Extrovert fantasy pop’. Myths and fairy tales are running themes through her works, as iconic figures from stories and legends are re-imagined in contemporary settings, often depicted with an extravagant dystopian edge which more accurately reflects modern-day situations. Rapunzel finds her hair being pulled in a bloodspattered wrestling ring; Snow White is now a mother to seven in a kitchen littered with apples, while a skateboarding Pinocchio is transformed back into puppet form in the grounds of a cemetery. With hundreds of single shots

Princess & the Pea - Fairytales, 2016 collage photography, 165 x 250 cm

composing the final image, the life-size scale of the work adds an imposing element for the viewer, as we are confronted with these opulent alternative visions of characters known so well for their happy-ever-afters. Based in Vienna, Whitechapel’s varied artistic career has seen her directing music videos, horror and documentary shorts as well as working extensively in film production. Her exhibiting credits include the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, where last year she won awards for her work in international categories, and the prestigious MAK (Museum of Applied and Contemporary Arts) in Vienna.

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