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Cyril Porchet, the Swiss photographer, rediscovered alters of baroque churches in Spain, Austria and Germany showing the exuberance, the saturation level of the ornamentation, figurative and symbolic elements. Also to show how the extravagance of the Baroque is a critical shortcut for looking at the dramatic character of our current society.

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Courtesy of Cyril Porchet

“My work tries to show some sort of connection between the tools of ideological control produced by contemporary corporate economic power and the tools designed to control bodies in the era of spectacular historical power. This hypothesis seems to find particular resonance in the political and economic events of the last three to four years.” —Cyril Porchet.

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Courtesy of Cyril Porchet

But what is extraordinary is how he makes you lose all senses of perspective and depth, and that was his intention; to explore the tempting power of display.

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