Anderson and Low's Manga Dreams at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

By Laura McArthur | 20 February 2012
An image of an illustration of a boy Manga character crouching
Exhibition: Manga Dreams: Anderson and Low, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, until June 24 2012

Using subjects hand-picked by the artists across several years, this display combines photographic and digital techniques to create a strikingly intense merging of the real and the fictional.

Manga Dreams will be the first museum exhibition of this work in the UK and the first of a series of similar exhibitions worldwide.

Photographers Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low have collaborated as the team “Anderson & Low” since 1990, achieving consistent critical acclaim. Their extraordinary images blur the distinction between photography and other forms of visual art, using old and new technologies to explore concepts of identity.

Portraits, nudes, architectural studies, abstract images, reportage, landscape, and highly disciplined studio-based images by the pair have appeared worldwide, and this particular display features highlights of the Manga Dreams show which formed part of the 2011 Venice Biennale.

The images use this hybrid reality to explore the impact of manga and anime on youth culture worldwide, the impact of which is noticeable globally, from Chinese businessmen to Lady Gaga.

“Despite its radical appearance, there is an underlying current in this project that speaks of familiar themes in our work: identity, and the projection of identity through appearance,” they say.

“The subjects here project certain identities with their distinct appearance. They are, in that sense, living their dreams.”

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