Juliana Manara is a Brazilian-born artist, photographer and creative director. she takes images from real life and transforms them into fantasies.
Different cameras formats, dreamy scenarios and little characters are the main details to be found in these unique works of photographic montage.
I met Manara at the Other Art Fair and was immediately taken with two of her images, the zebra (1st image above) and the penguins about to take a lemming like leap into the void. Manara explained how she was invited to a zoo and had taken a range of photos of the animals but could not reconcile what to do with the penguin pictures. She explained how once the keepers brought out a bucket of food instead of a mass squawking ball the penguins lined up and followed the keeper with the bucket, she took this idea of the penguins being easily led and created the high dive picture.
I have deliberately selected artworks with a very limited colour palette. I think the monochrome images allow the story of the pieces to come through. I like the surreal sense of humour that comes through. I am reminded of the books of Ransom Riggs which feature images of Victorian circus freaks and sideshow performers.