The Supers: Craig Tuffin

5 November 2021 - 1 May 2022

The Supers: Craig Tuffen

Craig Tuffin
The Supers No.2 2020
archival pigment prints, 40" x 54"
Courtesy of the artist

“This series is one of short stories. Each image is a piece of the greater whole, one chapter in a larger novel that scrutinises human potential. It seeks to depict those often unremembered, monastic faces of humanity as heroic versions of themselves.

These fictional tableaux contain a common narrative that threads its way through the entire series. Yet it would be a mistake to think that each is an unfinished work when observed in isolation, or ambiguous without some contribution from the remaining images.

By juxtaposing elements of Flemish symbolism with a rich dose of Hollywood bluster, we might begin to recognise the meek profile of our neighbour, hidden quietly within the formidable guise of a hero. With eyes averted from the lens, they neither recognise themselves as a creature of significance nor the presence of an audience.

The tension between rather melancholic surroundings and the valiant protagonist is deliberate. I hope that by carefully staging each photograph, as many questions are elicited as answers. As always, context is rooted within one’s own history.”

Craig Tuffin

A Tweed Regional Gallery initiative.