Front view
Inv. No.S-0547
ArtistGiovanni Castellborn 1962 in Germany

"Free Fight 7"


C-print on diasec

Dimensions130 x 173 cm
Edition/7 + 2 a.p.

The aestheticised pictures of the Mixed Martial Arts fights, that are limited only by a few rules and take place in abandoned brothels in Hamburg and other underground locations at the edge of illegality, hint at Rembrandt, Caravaggio and El Greco with art-historical references. Like famous Baroque painters, Giovanni Castell uses a dramatic-effective lighting in order to emphasize the compositional structures. A decisive moment is pulled out of the flow of time, the before and the after the pictured scene is left to the imagination of the spectator.

S-0547, "Free Fight 7"
Giovanni Castell, "Free Fight 7", 2011
S-0547, Front view
© Giovanni Castell