As part of its Support for the Arts Community Program, Cirque du Soleil offers up-and-coming artists the opportunity to exhibit their work at its Montreal International Headquarters. In addition to offering its employees the chance to discover new talents and to contributing to a creative workplace, Cirque du Soleil thus provides these artists with an interesting showcase.
The exhibition Icons / Iconoclasts by photographer Wayne Schoenfeld, presented at Cirque du Soleil's International Headquarters fall 2007, comprise two bodies of photographic imagery devoted to the circus. "The Circus of Life" series from 2005 presents the big top and its denizens as a microcosm of life. The 2007 "Circus of Past" series treats on a typical circus presentation during the 1930s era.
Inspired by classical composition, photographer, Wayne Schoenfeld creates a series of "tableaux vivants" ranging from familiar myth and biblical images to traditional circus scenes. Working photography with technical elements normally intended for cinema, Schoenfeld brings a photography stage to Hollywood proportions and design his sets out of the circus imaginary, keeping everything firmly in the present with contemporary conceptualization of things. With many gallery shows to his credit and images in museums and private collections around the world, Schoenfeld is an important artistic figure in the United States and around the world.