The Photographic Treatment of Emotion in front of a Stage Bill Henson: The Opera Project



Using Bill Henson’s works commissioned by the Paris Opera, the author explores the territories of connections between fine art, photography and staged events. This in turn is used for discussing the problematic question of reception in art, how opera performances (and other forms of representation) are moved outside the traditional space and used as resources for secondary art objects. Analyzing the relationship between the multiple types of art gives way to understanding the contemporary artistic productions, confronted with issues like simultaneity, pictorial representation and emulations into new mediums for “traditional” expressions of art.