Tarot reimagined

Barbican, April 18-24, 2011



The SPILL Festival of Performance is back 18-24 April 2011 making full use of the Barbican with a dynamic programme of events. Continuing the momentum of 2009’s extensive line-up, this biennial festival of experimental theatre and live art is renowned as one of the most highly anticipated artist-led events on the international performance calendar.

Initiated in 2007 by UK based artist/performer Robert Pacitti, This year’s festival has been curated by Pacitti around notions of ‘infection’: 

In 2009, Pacitti Company commissioned a collaboration between photographer Manuel Vason, designer Justin Weyers and 22 contemporary mavericks to each restage a tarot card. The result is a limited edition SPILL Tarot Pack. The images feature leading international artists and performers Ron Athey, Marisa Carnesky, Franko B, Raimund Hoghe, Robert Pacitti, Lois Keidan, Lee Adams, Carla Esperanza Tommasini, Sheila Ghelani, Oreet Ashery, Rajni Shah, Noblesse Oblige, Vaginal Davis, Grace Ellen Barkey, Harminder Judge, Kira O'Reilly, Helena Hunter, Empress Stah, Dominic Johnson, Julia Bardsley, Manuel Vason and Yann Marussich.

This exhibition is a large format photographic display of the full deck of cards: 22 Major Arcana images, and the uncut printers’ sheets of the Minor Arcana.

Manuel Vason is an international photographer who has shot for key publications including iD, Dazed & Confused, L’Uomo Vogue.  He has produced several books and been commissioned by leading arts organisations including Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery and of course SPILL Festival of Performance.

18 – 23 April, Barbican public spaces, see website for timings: www.barbican.org.uk

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