Talk & Book Signing
Jonas Bendiksen: The Last Testament
Wednesday, September 20
Join Aperture for an artist talk with Jonas Bendiksen about his latest body of work and publication The Last Testament (Aperture/GOST, 2017), followed by a Q&A and a book signing.
Imagined as a sequel to the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, The Last Testament features visual accounts and stories of seven men around the world who claim to be the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Building on biblical form and structure, chapters dedicated to each Jesus include excerpts of their scriptural testaments, laying out their theology and demands on mankind in their own words. Jonas Bendiksen takes at face value that each one is the true Messiah returned to Earth, to forge an account that is a work of apocalyptic journalism and compelling artistic imagination.
Jonas Bendiksen (born in Tønsberg, Norway, 1977) began his career at the age of nineteen as an intern at Magnum Photos’ London office. His first book, Satellites (Aperture, 2006) was followed up with The Places We Live (Aperture, 2008). Bendiksen’s awards include an International Center of Photography Infinity Award, 2003; Telenor International Culture Prize, 2008; and several World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year awards. His work has been widely published by GEO, the Sunday Times Magazine, and National Geographic magazine. He has been a member of Magnum Photos since 2004.
Image: Vissarion, the Christ of Siberia. Formerly a traffic policeman in the 1980s, he got his first revelation that he was Jesus Christ at the same time as the breakup of the Soviet Union. Since then he has gathered a following of 5,000–10,000 disciples in the Siberian forest. There they live in separate villages with their own infrastructure and social systems. Russia, 2016. Photograph by Jonas Bendiksen; from The Last Testament (Aperture, 2017) © Jonas Bendiksen/Magnum Photos
Aperture’s exhibitions and programs are also funded, in part, with support from the Grace Jones Richardson Trust, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.