The Bearer

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2016
silent video
duration: 3 min loop

exhibited:
Stations of the Cross, St Stephen Walbrook, London, 2017
Stations 2020, Arts Chaplaincy Projects, 2020

bibliography:
Laura Moffatt, ‘Stations of the Cross and Resurrection’, Art & Christianity, No 90, Summer 2017
Muriel Zagha, ‘From Psycho to Transcendence’, Elephant, 2017
Stations of the Cross | Stations of the Resurrection, Stations 2017, catalogue, ISBN 978-1-5272-0874-2s 

from the series Stations of the Cross

© acknowledgements:
Olympia (1938) 
David Bordes, Sister Andreina holding Yves Klein’s ex-voto for Santa Rita di Cascia in 1999 


Commentary by Lucy Newman Cleeve for Stations 2020

The Thirteenth Station: Jesus is taken down from the cross

In this work, Dean superimposes a photograph of Sister Andreina, Mother Superior at the Augustinian Convent of Saint Rita of Cascia, over footage from Leni Riefenstahl’s Nazi propaganda film, Olympia (1938). Sister Andreina is shown holding an ex-voto made by Yves Klein that was left at the monastery during a pilgrimage to Cascia. Saint Rita is known as the patron saint of lost causes and was a favourite object of Klein’s devotion and ritualistic interest. 

The footage from Olympia depicts athletes diving from a springboard with arms outstretched, generating a direct visual allusion to Klein’s Leap into the Void photograph, and to the crucifixion. A progression of pink, blue and gold filters are applied to the video, in reference to the pigments Klein placed in his ex-voto, and also corresponding to the red and amber colours of the Christmas Tree lights in the preceding work. This visual correspondence, taken together with the fact that The Christmas Tree and The Bearer are the only two silent Stations, suggests that they are to be considered together. If The Christmas Tree suggests a change in world order achieved through the crucifixion, then a microcosm of this transformation is revealed in the events that followed the making of Klein’s Leap into the Void photograph. In a strange coincidence, the house outside Paris that he leapt from in making this work was later demolished to make way for a church dedicated to Saint Rita. An action performed ‘in the order of signs’ is completed through the transformation of the physical world order.


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