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MARIANO VARGAS

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Jacques Louis David's painting The Death of Marat inspires this photograph. Here we see Jean-Paul Marat, French revolutionary and freedom fighter, assassinated in his home on 13 July 1793 by Charlotte Corday. Using highly sophisticated staging, the model photographed by Mariano Vargas in 2016 reproduces the same pose as that of the friend of the people represented in his death throes in 1793. The head, wrapped in a white turban, leans to one side. His right hand dangles, holding a feather, while the left holds a parchment. It is difficult for the spectator to differentiate between painting and photograph in this savvy combination of purity and insolence. Mariano Vargas nonetheless distinguishes his work through an extremely contemporary approach, which conspicuously disrupts its interpretation and notably through the inclusion of a young woman rather than a man.

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