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Visions of the future
Nicolas Bruno studied at Purchase College in New York City, where he received his BFA in photography in 2015. His studio is based in Northport, New York, where he photographs and makes props for his compositions. Bruno weaves together his terrifying experiences of sleep paralysis with surrealist self-portraiture in a therapeutic translation of nocturnal terror to image. His constructed worlds of uncertainty exist on a plane between waking and sleeping, where he is tormented by a physical embrace of the subconscious and its perils, while paralyzed in bed. Influences from 19th century Romantics, historical occult texts and dream symbolism embellish each composition with various visual dialogues of the macabre.
His unique Tarot is composed solely of photographs, all of which are part of Nicolas Bruno’s dream world. Each card marks the retina and contains signs, secret messages and other interpretations. One could spend hours observing them to understand their meaning or simply to admire each detail.
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