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Kite Festivals Around the World, From an Artist’s Perspective

By Jamie Sims

Courtesy of Sally Gall and Julie Saul Gallery, New York
 
 

 

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Courtesy of Sally Gall and Julie Saul Gallery, New York
 
 

 

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Courtesy of Sally Gall and Julie Saul Gallery, New York
 
 

 

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Courtesy of Sally Gall and Julie Saul Gallery, New York
 
 

 

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Courtesy of Sally Gall and Julie Saul Gallery, New York
 
 

 

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Courtesy of Sally Gall and Julie Saul Gallery, New York
 
 

 

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Courtesy of Sally Gall and Julie Saul Gallery, New York
 
 

 

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Courtesy of Sally Gall and Julie Saul Gallery, New York
 
 

 

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With her camera pointed skyward, the photographer Sally Gall transformed damp pieces of laundry on a clothesline into abstract shapes in her last body of work “Aerial.” In a new project, Gall turns her focus to colourful kites — which become, as she puts it, “heavenly creatures, guided by humans but with a life of their own.” Over the past year, Gall has visited kite festivals around the world, everywhere from Long Beach, Washington to Cervia, Italy and Fano, Denmark. Part performance, part social gathering, the festivals draw thousands of kites, which are choreographed into dances, fights and competitions. “But this is not what calls me,” Gall says. “What spoke to me was the transformation of the ordinary into the extraordinary. The cartoonish kites become planetary forces orbiting; the sky becomes a vast sea full of creatures.” Here, some of the celestial bodies she encountered.