Rafael Pinho: Sets pianos on fire for Listahatid
Since its inception in 1970, the Reykjavík Arts Festival has invited hundreds of artists from all parts of the globe to perform or exhibit at the festival. Through this activity, the festival has helped to create a vast network of connections between national and non-national artists, it’s been a catalyst for the creation of new works and a major force in the development of cultural diversity in Iceland.
Exactly this idea is at the centre of Rafael Pinho’s photos.
He decided to set a piano on fire, an element appearing in many oevres mainly because of its cathartic qualities.
Catharsis (from the Greek κάθαρσις katharsis meaning “purification” or “cleansing”) is the purification and purgation of emotions – especially pity and fear – through art or any extreme change in emotion that results in renewal and restoration.
So…of course he was gonna set a piano on fire, what else?!