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Stephen Ellcock - Mondes Souterrains : Voyages dans les profondeurs réelles et imaginaires

Stephen Ellcock - Mondes Souterrains : Voyages dans les profondeurs réelles et imaginaires

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A dark and unsettling collection of images exploring natural and constructed, imaginary and subconscious subterranean worlds, curated by celebrated social network image collector Stephen Ellcock

From the secret burrows and bunkers beneath our feet to imaginary hellscapes and surreal reveries, this second opus following the best-selling La Danse Cosmique (Thames & Hudson, 2022) offers disturbing and fascinating images of the real and imagined depths and subconscious meanderings of the human soul. An introduction by Stephen Ellcock and texts at the start of each chapter weave a web of connections between the different groups of images.

As you read, the major themes emerge: the visuals are illuminated by accessible texts that provide them with a historical and iconographic context. Quotations from literature, philosophy and esoteric rituals complete the corpus of images. Together, they highlight the interplay between the real and the imaginary, revealing the mutual influence of these two aspects of human existence: how the real can feed our deepest fears and hopes, and in mirror image, how our psyche ceaselessly feeds the imaginary of the unknown and the dark.

A true image alchemist, Stephen Ellcock is a curator, writer, researcher and online image collector. Based in London, he has spent the last ten years creating a virtual art museum open to all via social networks. His online "Cabinet of Curiosities" project on social networks has so far attracted over 600,000 followers worldwide. He is also the author of La Danse Cosmique, All Good Things, The Book of Change, England On Fire - with text by Mat Osman - and Jeux de mains, in collaboration with Cécile Poimboeuf-Koizumi.

256 pages / 246 illustrations
16.5 cm × 23.0 cm
ISBN 978-0-500-02743-1

© Thames & Hudson


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