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Wilder Mann
Babugeri, Bulgarie, from the series Wilder Mann, 2010-2011 © Charles Fréger

Charles Fréger »

Wilder Mann

Exhibition: – 9 Jun 2013

FoMu Photo Museum Antwerp

Waalsekaai 47
2000 Antwerp

FOMU Fotomuseum Antwerp

Waalsekaai 47
2000 Antwerp

+32(0)3-2429300


www.fotomuseum.be

Tue-Sun 10-18

Wilder Mann
Certi, Czech Rep, from the series Wilder Mann, 2010-2011 © Charles Fréger

Charles Fréger
Wilder Mann


Exhibition: 15.02.13 – 09.06.13

Who are these people, covered in heavy animal skins or straw skirts and adorned with cow bells or goat's legs? Charles Fréger (born in France in 1975) accompanied traditional groups to remote, unspoilt places. The rituals create a sense of unity with the land, with the ancient customs and with each other. Fréger shows us a forgotten slice of European culture, which is as close as it is alive.In 2010 and 2011, Charles Fréger (FR, °1975) crossed the continent in search of people who uphold ancient local traditions. Their rituals are variations on the same theme: the changing of the seasons, fertility or the struggle between man and nature. Fréger collects these masquerades under the header Wilder Mann, referring to a character from Germanic mythology. Being half-animal, half-man, born from the union of woman and bear, the wild man epitomizes man's animal side.

Fréger chooses his characters and locations carefully. Only natural materials such as straw, moss, animal fur or horns, bells and bones will do. As the costumes contrast, or blend, with the landscape, they are done full justice. Every detail has been studied; lighting and composition leave nothing to chance: the beasts appear in harmony with the landscape. The characters in Wilder Mann exude strength and virility and become etched on your brain.

Wilder Mann
Cerbul din Corlata, Romania, from the series Wilder Mann, 2010-2011 © Charles Fréger

Over a period of more than a decade, Charles Fréger has built an extensive body of work, Portraits Photographiques et Uniformes in which he portrays diverse groups of people. In Wilder Mann, he explores the boundaries of the portrait by only putting the masquerade on display.

Wilder Mann
Caretos de Lazarim, Portugal from the series Wilder Mann, 2010-2011 © Charles Fréger
Wilder Mann
Krampus, Austria, from the series Wilder Mann, 2010-2011 © Charles Fréger