This is Sara Hannant’s second visit to SELFS, her first being a tour de force on the English Ritual Year. SELFS does not say this lightly: this is a talk you will be wanting to come to. This talk is in advance of the publication of OF SHADOWS: ONE HUNDRED OBJECTS FROM THE MUSEUM OF WITCHCRAFT AND MAGIC published by Strange Attractor Press
‘If you really must understand this world, first you must stand upon your head.’ Cecil Williamson, founder of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.
Objects, exuding magic and mystery, emerge from the darkness of Cornwall’s much loved Museum of Witchcraft and Magic. Artist and photographer Sara Hannant has captured the very essence of these carefully selected artifacts, which include wax dolls, wands, statues, daggers, pendants, robes and amulets, all used in the practice of witchcraft and magic. Some have been displayed at the museum for years, others have long been hidden in its archives.
Says Hannant: “It was best to photograph at night. This enabled the objects to emerge from the darkness, where it is said magic begins. Superstition and magic have encircled photography from the beginning. In many cultures the word for photography/photographer translates as ‘soul taker’, ‘shadow catcher’, or ‘face stealer’. The camera itself was perceived as a magical object, and photographs were thought to possess supernatural powers.”
The talk will start at 8pm in the upstairs room of the Old King’s Head, off Borough High Street. It will cost £3/1.50concs
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