Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Maleonn, Book of taboo No2, 2006, Watercolour painting on black and white photographic print; 12 in x 14.4 in
Maleonn, Book of taboo No2, 2006
2007 Featured Exhibition


May 3–27, 2007
Craig Scott Gallery
95 Berkeley St

Maleonn’s theatrical and painterly photographic
world cannot
be completely classified. He turns to aesthetic
“to demonstrate the labyrinth of our spirits,”
preferring his
work “to be the same as my spiritual world:
complex and
profound, kind and wicked, naïve and cruel,
suspicious and
trustful, painful and happy, all existing at the same
time and
becoming more real by virtue of their

From meticulous choreography on the one hand to
minute flashes of imagination on the other,
fantastical compositions emerge from a series of
judgments, starting with the raw idea that he
draws as a kind
of storyboard. Intuition continues to govern through
to the
moment he takes the photograph; Maleonn will
often change
his initial sketchedout scheme for the photograph
something wonderfully unexpected happens.

For some works, Maleonn follows intuition even
further into
artistic manipulation of the image. Black and white
images are
transformed into colourized artworks, whether by
with computer tools or, as with the recent
Portraits of
series, by hand-painting a print in
watercolour: “I
abandon the true colours of the actual scene I
photographed,” Maleonn says, “and turn to the
colours of my
imagination and in my memories.”

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