Yes Yes We’re Ma­gi­cians,

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We al­ways find some­thing, eh Didi, to give us the im­pres­sion we ex­ist?


Yes, yes, we’re ma­gi­cians. Sa­muel Beck­ett, Wait­ing for Godot The fol­low­ing im­ages are se­lected from Yes Yes We’re Ma­gi­cians, a book con­tain­ing a se­ries of anony­mous vin­tage pho­to­graphs or­ga­nized by Jonah Sam­son around a pas­sage from Sa­muel Beck­ett’s ab­sur­dist play Wait­ing for Godot. The im­ages, mostly sourced from ebay, re­flect on life as tragi­comic by fo­cussing the viewer on som­bre, dis­qui­et­ing and hu­mor­ous moments from the past. De­void of de­scrip­tive text, th­ese pho­to­graphs open their mys­ter­ies to mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tions. As in Beck­ett’s plays, the melan­cholic, sur­real and bizarre are of­ten put into di­a­logue.

Jonah Sam­son is an artist and avid col­lec­tor of pho­to­graphs who lives on Cape Bre­ton Is­land, Nova Sco­tia. His pho­to­graphic works have been ex­hib­ited widely, and he has pro­duced sev­eral artist books, in­clud­ing An­other Happy Day, pub­lished by Pre­sen­ta­tion House Gallery. He is rep­re­sented by Ma­caulay & Co. Fine Art in Van­cou­ver. Yes Yes We’re Ma­gi­cians will be pub­lished by Fig­ure 1 in May 2017. An ex­hi­bi­tion by the same ti­tle will be mounted at Pre­sen­ta­tion House Gallery in North Van­cou­ver, BC, in May 2017.

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