5. David Leventi

Location: New York

David Leventi captures the opulence of opera houses and manages to harness the richness and perfomative aura of the spaces. These decadent images stand as an uncanny echo when held in comparison with Leventi's series of prisons. Leventi's photographs dissect the spaces of both expansive architectural structures (both luxurious and penal, respectively) and draw attention to their likeness. Images of the opera houses initially conjure emotions of leisure and decadence, but eventually the structural commonalities that Leventi draws between the two institutions become undeniable. The beauty of the opera houses descends into a twisted, subversive gesture that slowly becomes filled with the haunting emptiness of the prisons.