NEW YORK PSYCHICS - THOMAS FRETEUR
Exhibitions, 5 - 31 August 2019
HIN BUS DEPOT
31A, Jalan Gurdwara, 10300 George Town,Penang
Every person who lives in New York must have wondered at least once why there are so many esoteric and mystical signs spread around. The little Keano flyer, which you can see in the corner of many advertisements’ frames in most subway trains, was the starting point of my journey within the community of New York’s psychics. I met about thirty psychics – intentionally avoiding the ones who practice in psychic shops - from Midtown to the Bronx going through Queens. They are Tarot card readers, mediums, palm readers, healers, etc. I found them via Google, Yelp, or word of mouth, and I eventually portrayed half of the ones I’ve met. This project aims to give an intimate look at these interesting characters and their personal world, while also giving the audience a glance at New York through a psychic’s perspective.
Years ago, Thomas received from his Grandpa the Hasselblad that he had kept for throughout his photographer career, stretching back to the early 50’s. Was it this Hasselblad, more than his diploma in social media, that convinced Thomas he had to live from, or rather through, photo-documentaries and portraits? Or was it the inspiring exchanges amongst the award-winning Belgian collective “Out-of-Focus” he had put together with his former schoolmates? Most probably Thomas doesn’t know himself, and he keep seeking the answer in those side-topics he covers with a disturbing curiosity. The real life stories he gathered from Carpathian suburbs or Haitian sacred graves, to the post-industrial Belgian wastes or the ever-spinning Brooklyn nights, all share a point in common. These are the stories of men and women. Stories that can be sketched with words, but only through well-captured facial expressions can be told with precision.
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