Natasha Kertes, photography, diaphanous, mardin series, mardin, turkey, conde contemporary, the shelborne

First Thurdays : Natasha Kertes “Diaphanous”

Conde Contemporary and Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach, present the next installment in their First Thursday Art Talks Series, "Diaphanous" an exhibition of photography by Russian photographer, Natasha Kertes.

"Diaphanous" opens in The Drawing Room Lounge at the Shelborne Hotel, 1801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, on Thursday, November 3 from 7-9pm. Join us at 7:00 sharp, for a glass of prosecco, meet the artist, and tour the exhibition.

Beginning at 8 pm, Stacy Conde, Director of Conde Contemporary interviews the wildly talented, sensual and stunningly adventurous photographer, Natasha Kertes on the Mardin series.

Ms. Kertes shot the "Diaphanous" The Mardin Series in Mardin, Turkey, situated at the edge of Mesopotamia. The entire city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is often referred to as an open air museum based on the historic value of the architecture.

"That art depends upon myth as a decoding device is no surprise to anyone who has seriously studied history and art theory. Myth encompasses such a large space in so many traditions and cultures that it enables us to understand art in a way that no other method of interpretation can accomplish as effectively. The work of Natasha Kertes utilizes myth to explore concepts in a manner that on the surface seems simple and easily defined. After all, Kertes practices in, what many might think, the superficial realm of fashion. But like Shiva and Shakti she deals in ambiguity and paradox. There is more here than meets the eye." - excerpt from "Muses and Messages" by Lynne Bentley-Kemp, PhD