OTHELLO DE SOUZA HARTLEY
"Before the last moment"
2018 PHOTO PROJECT, LONDON
(200x 300cm original size)
Othello De'Souza-Hartley artistic vocabulary encompasses photography, film, performance, sound, drawing and painting. He received an MA in Fine Art from Camberwell College of Art and previously studied photography at Central St Martins.
The recipient of numerous commissions from a range of institutions including, University of Arts London,National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, Camden Arts Centre and Platform for Art.
He has had solo shows in London and Rome, and exhibited at The Museum of Liverpool, Camden Arts Centre, and featured in group shows at the Sulger- Buell Gallery, Gasworks Gallery and the APT gallery London.
In this photo ‘Before the last moment’ a black subject lies down in the middle of a estate, contrasting the vulnerability of the naked male body.
A contradiction in terms, and the surrounding hard concrete tower homes. This estate is also the scene of a crime, the subject now takes the place of a murder victim.
The performative nature of the work, questions mortality and masculinity. As the hard edge of the unforgiving architecture lends to a illuminated body.
Historical references to slain saints.