Sarah Moon: Circus

Main Gallery

December 10, 2004 – January 22, 2005

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

Le Scarebe, 2002
17 7/8 X 21 1/2 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed 2002

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

It's New Year's Eve. Everyone is busy with their own business., 2000
8 x 10 1/4 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

She runs under the bridge along the railway, 2000
8 1/4  x 10 1/4 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

She runs to the station. It is already too late., 2000
8 1/8  x 10 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

The city is deserted. At the supermarket there is only the Night-watch's car in the parking lot., 2000
8  x 10 1/8 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

So she stands. She stands in the middle of the pavement. She waits and she shouts. "Who wants my matches, who wants my matches!" Cars splash her with muddy snow. She starts to sing., 2000
8 1/8  x 10 1/8 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

Strange prophecy. The circus ends. The die is cast. Jane is the one. She will have to find the food., 2000
8 1/4 x 10 1/8  inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

Frozen, dejected, she takes refuge under the bridge beside the railway she lights up a match to warm up her numb fingers, then another and another. For a second she closes her eyes she's dreaming., 2000
10 1/8 x 8 1/4 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

The Xmas arrives with no garlands in total darkness and without anyone daring to put the light on afraid to see to clearly,. 2000
8 1/4 x 10 1/8 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

Now, in front of her, in the ring, is Rassam the fire-eater, she thinks he has come to warm her, but no, he is playing, he is playing with fire. And then nothing., 2000
10 1/8 x 8 1/4 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

In the middle of a laid table. She sees a goose, a grey goose, a fork planted in its chest. The cutlery is set for the whole troop, the napkin flies, glasses shine, the music plays through the loudspeakers, like in better days..., 2000
8 1/8 x 10 1/8  inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

She opens her eyes and looks at bits of burnt wood,. 2000
8  x 10  inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

She cries. She strikes all the matches, one after the other,  frantically. And suddenly in the light she hears the laugh, her mother's laugh. She sees her, on the wheel of fortune spinning, laughing between the knives and then disappears...she disappears., 2000
8 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

And again there she is, returning, running towards her, she turns around the star, playing the game that they played together, smiling at her, she starts to go, she's gone,. 2000
7 7/8 x 10 1/8 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

The next day, early in the morning, under the bridge close to the pathway Jane is found dead, frozen,. 2000
8 1/4 x 10 1/8 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

On this same night it bagan to snow again,. 2000
8 x 10 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

It happened in September, a day like any other. It was snowing even though the winter hadn't come. The show had begun, outside the Chinese's car waited for Nastasia as usual., 2000
8 1/4 x 10 1/4  inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

They said the elephant usually docile, despite all her trainer's efforts and the drums rolling, refused to go into the ring. Her act was crossed off the programme., 2000
8 x 9 7/8 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

The lights went on, the acrobats flew from one circle to the other, without a net and Nastasia was applauded even more., 2000
8 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

The giraffe stepped in as she did on her first day, unaware that it would be her last., 2000
8 1/8 x 10 1/8 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

Even though the show wasn't over, Nastasis in her glittering gown ran through the big star to meet her lover., 2000
8 1/8 x 10 1/4 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

Alfred the clown was the only one who worried, he waited for her all night. Two days later at dawn Alexis came back dead drunk from having looked for her in all the bars of the town. Only then it became clear to everyone that she was gone,. 2000
8 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

And this is how from one day to another it all changed. The lights went out under the painted stars. The circus closed its doors,. 2000
8 x 10 1/8 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

The panther died. They stuffed it and sold it to the museum., 2000
8 1/4 x 10 1/8 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

The troop scattered, the first to leave was the acrobat. It was Olga, her eldest daughter,. 2000
10 x 8 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

Jane, the younger one who was only seven years old, chose to wait and not cry,. 2000
10 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

Dimitri acts as if nothing has happened. Alone in the ring on and on, everyday he juggles into the air. 2000,
8 1/4 x 10 1/8 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

Avril, his fiancee, follows him everywhere and stays silent. She is ready in her mask and her golden dress. She keeps hearing her name being called as if her turn will come., 2000
8 1/8 x 10 1/4 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

Night falls at 5. They take the elephant out., 2000
8 1/4 x 10 1/8 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

The Marabout hardly moves., 2000
8 1/4 x 10 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

At dawn on the last day of the year five storks were found dead, still standing, petrified beneath the ice., 2000
8 1/8 x 10 1/4 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

It snows the following week., 2000
8 x 10 1/8 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

A truck at full speed just misses crushing her. Rain continues to fall in icy drops., 2000
8  x 10  inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

Another match quickly. Under the tent the stars are flying all around the Christmas tree...It is gentle, she falls asleep. Always this music. A star separates itself and falls to the ground. "Someone must have died," she says in a low voice,. 2000
8 1/8 x 10 1/8 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Sarah Moon: Circus 2004 2005 howard greenberg gallery

She pus on her starry dress. She fills her pockets with matches and she runs, she runs to sell them., 2000
7 7/8 x 10 inches
Gelatin silver  print

Press Release

The Howard Greenberg Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs by Sarah Moon. The exhibition coincides with the American release of Circus, published by the Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art and illustrated with images taken in conjunction with her latest film. Circus, based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl, can be best described as a contemporary fairy tale in moving images, pregnant with deep insight and a highly refined sense of beauty following its own unique course. When finished the story, though a fiction, leaves the viewers with a train of singular spiritual reverberations.