What a character… to be continued
In July 2013 Reto Brennwald of Swiss TV channel SRF1 made a feature about Charles Eugster and filmed various aspects of his life for a programme called “Charles Eugster – The Race Against Time” This clip shows me photographing Charles as Edouard Manet’s Olympia – a painting which embodies defiance and which caused a scandal when it was presented in 1865. A good choice for Charles and I agreed to facilitate as soon as he spoke to me of his wish to be so portrayed. I had spoken to him about my project with Roma where I had asked people to choose paintings from the past to symbolise the way they would like to be seen and he wasted no time in researching the right painting for him. Just as the original Manet painting broke all contemporary conventions, Charles refuses to meekly accept the stereotypes and cliches about age.
First meeting with Charles Eugster- here aged 93. Watch and be inspired.
The idea was to build the dress, inviting passers by in the park to make flowers out of plastic bags and pin them on the dress frame I’d made and then to shoot someone wearing it. I can’t remember why I thought that was a good idea – but at least the afternoon was a laugh…
sorry about the sound – just turn it off – I will lay a proper track someday… it does give a good idea of how the exhibition came together though…
MTV (Hungarian National Television) interview about the exhibition, together with one of the participants. Fanni Trendl is a student researching Romology. She had selected “The Lady in Purple” which is one of the most famous and important portraits for Hungarians.
ATV interview (Hungarian Commerial TV Network). Interview with another participant – Nikolett Suha a young roma lawyer. True to her profession, she gave a measured and articulate opinion.