Darren Tanny Tan

Working in an expanded field of photography, Darren Tanny Tan’s practice at once examines and betrays notions of the body and its representations. Central to his approach are unorthodox image-making processes through which destructive impulses are sublimated and expressed in the rupturing of surfaces. In this series of images, Tanny Tan adopts what can be described as a ‘Sadean fascination’ with the body as anchorage to the psychical and its vulnerability to suffering. Employing a haptic manipulation of photographic material, he defaces his subjects and renders them into phantasmagoric figures that revel in dread and desire. Tanny Tan holds a Bachelor of Design (RMIT), a Bachelor of Photography (Photography Studies College), and is currently undertaking a Master of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts.

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