SEANCE: Spiritualist Ritual and the Search for Ectoplasm
An Illustrated Presentation with Shannon Taggart
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Spiritualism is a religion that believes we can communicate with spirits of the dead. Photographer Shannon Taggart first became aware of Spiritualism as a teenager, when a medium at a séance revealed a startling detail about her grandfather's death which proved to be true.
In 2001 Shannon set out on a journey to discover and photograph séance rooms around the world. Her prime motive was to capture and record ‘ectoplasm’ – the elusive substance that is said to be both spiritual and material. In her talk, Shannon will reveal the story of spiritualism and her travels alongside her original photos and historical imagery that attempts to capture spirits on film.
Please note, Spiritualism's photographic past contains some of the most bizarre, absurd and uniquely unsettling images in the history of photography.
Shannon Taggart is a photographer and independent researcher based in Brooklyn, New York. Her photographs have been exhibited and featured internationally, including within the publications TIME, New York Times Magazine, Discover and Newsweek. Her work has been recognised by Nikon, Magnum Photos and the Inge Morath Foundation, American Photography, the International Photography Awards and the Alexia Foundation for World Peace. From 2014 to 2016, she was Scholar and Artist-in-Residence at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in New York.
"Each generation produces a very small number of artists, researchers and seekers who bring great integrity and critical realism to study of the occult and paranormal. Shannon is one of the very few in our time. As a photographer and critically sympathetic researcher, Shannon demonstrates the most rare of traits: ability to think beyond given categories and never, ever to sacrifice intellectual integrity for drama or hasty conclusions. Shannon would be a stellar researcher in any field; but in this one, so fraught with pitfalls and blind alleys, she is a worldwide resource."
Mitch Horowitz, PEN Award-winning author of Occult America