Bronze / 2018 / Fine Art / People_FA

Cabaret of the Nameless

  • Prize
    Silver in Press/Performing Arts, Bronze in Fine Art/People
  • Photographer
    Teri Darnell is an artist who is passionate about people being able to live with who they are inside. She uses her camera to connect to places few people explore. Through inspiration she derives from casual encounters, she expresses an inward sensitivity to the lives of others. Her use evocative imagery enables viewers to engage in worlds that stretch their imagination.Teri serves on the Board of Directors of Atlanta Celebrates Photography. She served six years in the U.S. Air Force, notably in Berlin during the cold war.

Teri Darnell’s Berlin ‘Cabaret of the Nameless’ series is influenced by the works of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Georges de La Tour.La Tour, a French painter of the 17th century, composed startling geometric simplifications of the human form, and created theatrical interior scenes lit only by the glare of candles. Like these painters, her images focus on dramatic situations and subjects, and a high contrast of light and dark (chiaroscuro).One hundred years ago, cabarets began to flourish in Berlin, and performances included political satires. In the 1920’s, Nazi power repressed this intellectual criticism. Performers were imprisoned and murdered in concentration camps. While in the camps, the artists continued having cabarets to lift everyone’s spirits until they were executed.Cabaret of the Nameless is not about the glorification of the 1920’s, but about the dream, the excess, and the intoxication which one would like to surrender to today.