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Maryam Eisler: Imagining Tina: A dialogue with Edward Weston - Tristan Hoare Gallery

Imagining Tina: A dialogue with Edward Weston - Maryam Eisler

Exhibition preview

PHOTOGRAPHER Maryam Eisler has announced her forthcoming exhibition with the Trsitan Hoare gallery. Entitled Imagining Tina: A dialogue with Edward Weston, it will be on display from February 8 to March 2, 2019.

The exhibition re-imagines the passionate love affair between American master photographer, Edward Weston and Tina Modotti. Photographed at Weston’s cabin, which is very much as he left it, many consider this to be one of the spiritual birthplaces of American fine art photography .

Having become lovers, Weston and Tina Modotti moved to Mexico during the revolution, where their inner circle included fellow artists, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

A lifelong Edward Weston fan, Eisler reached out to his family who invited her to stay with them. Surrounded by his work and possessions in his home sent her off on a flight of creative fancy. “It is the passion in their relationship and the role of Tina as muse, but also as a temptress, a collaborator and an instigator which has intrigued me for years”, explained Eisler.

Eisler is best known for her dynamic portfolio career in the arts, as an artist, patron, author of several books and a contributor to Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar (On Art) and Arabian Vogue. She is also a member of the Tate’s International Council, on the advisory board of Photo London and a trustee of the Whitechapel gallery.

In the latest exploration of female nudes, Eisler attempts to relive Edward and Tina’s revolutionary “Mexico years”, all the while imagining Tina through Edward’s intimate gaze. Her camera seeks out the sensuous, while painting contours with shadow, capturing each image in natural light.

Photographed at Wildcat Hill, Eisler takes the bodily experience and transports the viewer back in time, charging the prints with a powerful physical and sexual energy. Delicate but deliberate, the images still resonate sensuality, but in Eisler’s words, “I am interested in Women with a capital W.” Exploring the female experience is her through line, the gaze strictly female.

The exhibition consists of 19 sensual monochrome Platinum prints. Each one produced by the master Platinum printer, Martin Axon, whose craft has been used by many of the big names in the industry, among them Robert Maplethorpe, Horst P. Horst and Annie Leibowitz.

As a visual storyteller, the core of Eisler’s work is always centred on the Sublime Feminine. Throughout her personal journey of sorts, she has tried to trace and capture the mysterious, procreative power of the female body that has symbolised creativity since the dawn of art.

Tristan Hoare Gallery, 6 Fitzroy Square, Kings Cross, London, W1T 5HJ