Dear Shaded Viewers,
In “The Myth,” Juergen Teller, alongside his wife Dovile Drizyte, offers a whimsical take on the age-old fertility narrative, featuring a series of playful “legs up” poses. This creative endeavor comes as a sequel to their 2021 work “We are building our future together,” where they donned construction attire, symbolizing the building blocks of their shared life. Now their latest project captures this personal evolution.
Set against the backdrop of the opulent Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni on Lake Como, the couple traverses all 97 distinct rooms to capture a sequence of images. These photographs range from full displays of Drizyte’s form to more abstract shots of her legs and feet, artfully arranged behind various elements of the rooms, creating a sense of playful surprise and intimacy through Teller’s affectionate lens.
Echoing the dramatic and enigmatic quality of Teller’s 2004 “Louis XV” series, there’s a sense of revisiting and reimagining past narratives. However, in “The Myth,” there’s a touch of fortuity, a feeling that’s heightened by the hotel’s own storied history of art that celebrates motherhood and familial bonds. This serendipitous environment, rich with depictions of pregnancy, infancy, and family, provides a fortuitous ambiance to the Tellers’ visual storytelling.
The photographs are not just images; they are tangible expressions of Teller and Drizyte’s trust and artistic synergy. As new parents, these visuals serve as both a testament to their relationship and a nod to the legacy of family that the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni embodies.
The Myth Designed by Juergen Teller and Dovile Drizyte
192 pages, 184 images
22.5 x 16.5 cm
01 December – 20 January 2024
LA BIBLIOTHÈQUE DE FRANK HORVAT
01 DECEMBER – 20 JANUARY 2024