The Sacred and The Profane is Terry Richardson's first solo exhibition at Galerie Perrotin since 1999. The exhibition presents a series of new photographs taken in the Western states of America over the past two years. This project was initially meant as a form of documentation of American summer rituals, including fairs, festivals and parades. Throughout his travels, Richardson soon became aware of a pervasive tension that simmered throughout the country between a mystical and religious omnipresence and the sex industry, becoming the focus of the series.
"Everywhere that I went, zealots were reminding me that Jesus is watching, that those who don’t attend church are destined for a fiery eternity, and that the ten commandments are very real and very serious. At the same time, sex shops, strip clubs, and pornography are everywhere, guns are available easily in most places, and poverty, bigotry, ignorance, and hatred are pervasive in society, more-so in places that seem to be the most evangelical. Not only can sin and sanctity not exist without the other, but more often than not, there are elements of both in each. Very often we think of a spectrum of opposites as being linear- with the far left as far away as possible from the far right. But to truly understand these differences, we must reimagine the spectrum as being U-shaped, so that each drastic end has more in common with each other than it does with the center." (Terry Richardson)
Terry Richardson - The Sacred and The Profane
Galerie Perrotin, March 7 - April 11