Passion presents fourteen scenes from the last days of Christ and sheds light on the tragic role of those around him.
Plotters who seek to bring others down; acts of treachery and betrayal; the anguish of being alone and isolated; abused by tormentors with those in power who fail to act; persecuted by enemies and dying abandoned by friends.
Such was Christ's human ordeal and yet they are endured by so many people today that the exhibition is also the Passion of Everyman, where viewers might identify with the scenes from personal experience.
Not only are all the images self-portraits, they are presented as life-size negative photographs. Taking inspiration from the Shroud of Turin the exhibition completes the first negative photographic narrative of the Passion started by the Shroud’s unknown creators.
This uncompromising exhibition reinterprets and re-imagines the Christian Passion for the 21st century.
“striking… innovative, clever and thought-provoking …a remarkable exhibition”
Tom Jeffreys, Spoon-fed Magazine. (Review of 2010 exhibition)
“The model in all the photographs is Rafferty himself; it is the visual equivalent of that recommended technique for doing Bible study, imagining yourself in turn as each of the characters in the story. In their different ways all these works help one turn from viewer to participant, which is surely what Easter is all about.”
Rowena Loverance, author of Christian Art. (Review of 2010 exhibition)