Conversation with Brad Feuerhelm
"His backstory is quite interesting and what I thought I knew of the artist simply by looking at his book was challenged by speaking to him. Nehama is a kind, concerned artist working between South Africa and Paris. He is an astute observer and his work covers lots of territory both political and cultural. I highly recommend you get this book before its gone."
“My images are like my characters. They are alive. Made of flesh and bones…”
When I first caught wind of “Tales To Entertain The Dead: ‘Penis Witch and Lost Lovers‘” (Vol.1), it took me with immediacy. Following the trail of a peculiar title, I was blindsided with delight. The spirits of the supernatural brewed within the pages where poetic affectations of surrealism, collaged text, and photography breathed the cultural curiosities of Africa. This was a strange and fascinating book veiled in the dynamic language of French artist Nehama.
For over a decade, his work has captured and transcended the essence of black magic and its influence in the region. The ambitious volumed series was more than personal. In many aspects, it became autobiographical:
“I knew from the start that this was going to be a long journey.” he says, “Tales to Entertain the Dead has evolved over time. I tend to be more & more interested in the surrealism vibes inherent to the ‘World of spirits.’ Hence my collages etc. I was certain of what I didn’t want (the National Geographic Magazine treatment). I had to build my own archive and make sense of it all.”
TALES TO ENTERTAIN THE DEAD VOL. I
Penis Witch & Lost Lovers
First volume of " TALES TO ENTERTAIN THE DEAD " is out!
Ivy Pottinger-Glass interviews surrealist photographer/collage artist Nehama.
Cursed Artwork, Tabloids and the Limits of Representation.
"IPG: What’s Important to you?
N : What matters most is how well you walk through the fire...
Beauty & freedom comes to mind.
We live in times of great conformism,
you're constantly told what to think, what to do, how to eat, what to wear etc...
The world tends to be more & more homogenized. Accepting your individuality is the essence really.
Then, eventually one can concentrate on beauty.
Usually it happens by accident and when nothing else can."
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