"In a Dream..."

Feast of Fools (Mexico City)

(American, 1939-)
Image: 27.9 x 34 cm (11 x 13 3/8 in.); Paper: 50.4 x 60.3 cm (19 13/16 x 23 3/4 in.); Matted: 55.9 x 66 cm (22 x 26 in.)
© 1990 Joel-Peter Witkin
Impression: 11
Location: not on view
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The choice of objects in this provocative still life conveys a chilling sense of the macabre. Among the luscious fruits and vegetables, Witkin arranged dismembered hands, feet, and the autopsied corpse of an infant, all garnered from a morgue in Mexico City where he organized and photographed this grim composition. To Witkin, the photograph symbolizes "the darkness of the unknowable."
Feast of Fools (Mexico City)

Feast of Fools (Mexico City)


Joel-Peter Witkin, Portfolio II published by Photographers + Friends United Against AIDS

(American, 1939-)
America, 20th century

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