DATE TBA / Shannon Taggart's SÉANCE
Join us as we celebrate the new edition of SÉANCE with artist and author Shannon Taggart. Shannon will be joined in conversation by Archestratus owner Paige Lipari, along with some special guests and surprises. Possible spoonbending. Stay tuned in.
American photograper Shannon Taggart's fascination with spiritualism, the belief in deceased individuals' ability to communicate with the living, began during her adolescence when a medium revealed additional information about the circumstances of Taggart's grandfather's death. A decade later, Taggart, then a practicing photojournalist, found herself obsessively drawn to Lily Dale, New York--the world's largest spiritualist community. Her transformative experiences there catalyzed an 18-year odyssey documenting spiritualist communities throughout the world in search of "ectoplasm"--an emanation exorcised from the body of the medium, believed to be both spiritual and material.
Named one of Time's best photobooks of 2019, and now revisited by Atelier Éditions, Séance offers readers a remarkable series of supernatural photographs exploring spiritualist practices and beliefs within communities found across the US, the UK and Europe. The photos are accompanied by Taggart's commentary on her experiences, a foreword by Dan Aykroyd, creator of the Ghostbusters franchise and fourth-generation spiritualist, and illustrated essays by Andreas Fischer and Tony Oursler. Atelier Éditions' reissue also features new commentary by writer and filmmaker J.F. Martel, additional archival images and a new design.
Books, booze, + foods available to purchase.
SHANNON TAGGART (born 1975) is an artist and author based in St. Paul, MN. In a past life, she contributed to printed publications including TIME, Newsweek, New York Times Magazine, Discover, New York, Wall Street Journal and Reader’s Digest. Her work has been exhibited internationally and recognized by PDN, Nikon, Magnum Photos + Inge Morath Foundation, American Photography, International Photography Awards and the Alexia Foundation for World Peace. Her first monograph, SÉANCE (Fulgur Press), was published in 2019. Currently, she is working on an illustrated book about The Society for Research on Rapport and Telekinesis (SORRAT), one of the most exotic cases within the history of psychical research.