UNCANNY ART At The Candid Gallery

Artist Eddie Saint-Jean works with moving image and photography and all his creative work is influenced by Freudian theories of the Uncanny (explained below). His latest photographic work Uncanny2 was selected for the December show at Candid Gallery in Angel, Islington.

The event was well attended despite recent pandemic restrictions and fears that the two lockdowns might impact the arts in the run in to Christmas.

So what’s this Uncanny all about? Read the quotes below

The Uncanny is the psychological experience of something as strangely familiar, rather than simply mysterious. It may describe incidents where a familiar thing or event is encountered in an unsettling, eerie, or taboo context’ – Wikipedia

‘The Uncanny (Unheimlich) – A concept in art associated with psychologist Sigmund Freud which describes a strange and anxious feeling sometimes created by familiar objects in unfamilar contexts’  Tate Art Terms

“In his essay on The Uncanny, (Das Unheimliche) Freud said that the uncanny is the only feeling which is more powerfully experienced in art than in life.” – Stanley Kubrick

‘If Sigmund Freud’s ‘Uncanny’ were manifested in human form, the result would surely be David Lynch’ The Freud Museum, London

Below – gallery visitors admiring Eddie Saint-Jean’s Uncanny2 photographic work.

Eddie Saint-Jean’s Uncanny2 is now on an autumn-winter tour of sorts. It was exhibited at the Art Of Isolation Exhibition at the Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch in November 2020 and has now opened at two separate exhibitions simultaneously and both will run till December 20th: The Christmas Show at Candid Gallery, Angel, Islington and The Metamorphosis Exhibition at Hackney Downs Studio.

Eddie Saint-Jean and Hedi Naimi, the model in his photographic work Uncanny2


Candid Gallery, Torrens Street, Angel, Islington, London EC1V 1NQ, UK.

11th – 20th December 2020, 12-6pm. Free admission.