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Title

Tyson/Bombardier

2003

Artist

Rut Blees Luxemburg

Germany, England

1967 -

  • Details

    Date
    2003
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    type C photograph on aluminium
    Edition
    3/5 (edition of 5 + 2 A/P)
    Dimensions
    140.0 x 180.0 cm image/sheet; 153.0 x 192.0 x 5.5 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated c. verso frame, black fibre-tipped pen ".../ .../ 2003/ Rut Blees Luxemburg...".

    Credit
    Anonymous gift 2005
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    245.2005
    Copyright
    © Rut Blees Luxemburg

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    Rut Blees Luxemburg is best known for her images of deserted urban landscapes taken at night using long exposure times with only the surrounding light sources, such as streetlights and neon signs for illumination. 'Tyson/Bombardier' is true to this style. Commissioned by Tate Liverpool and from the series 'Phantom' it was taken in Dakar, Senegal. This intriguing work presents a large billboard advertising a wrestling match between two Senegalese heavyweights 'Tyson' Mohammed Ndao and 'Bombardier' Sérigne Dia. The scene is very atmospheric and saturated with an eerie green light that glows out of the surrounding darkness. 'In my work' she writes 'I try to illuminate the poetics of space and search for the entry points into the psyche of the city, which allow a free-fall into the metropolis of one's imagination. These photographs of Dakar try to articulate the different ways of building and inhabiting a city, and suggest the possibility of a transfer of urban knowledge'.1

    1. 'Rut Blees Luxemburg: Phantom', Tate Liverpool 2003, pg.4