A Photographic Exhibition
WOUND: A Photographic Exhibition
Curated by Carianne Whitworth
Laura Degenhardt, Kate Mercer, Keren Oertly, Tom Price, Lina Rukeviciute, Matt Simmons, Nadia Witte
HOUSE Gallery and The Wells Trust in association with Less Common / More Sense and Desperados
Monday 01 November – Sunday 07 November, 2010
70 Camberwell Church Street, London SE5 8QZ
Private View: Thursday 04 November 2010, 7-9pm
HOUSE Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new and recent work resulting from a collaboration between BA (Hons) Fine Art students from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London and BA (Hons) Photographic Art students from the University of Wales, Newport.
Much of art and literature depicts violence and wounding as part of the human condition. To wound, to be wounded, is to be human. This exhibition, inspired by Roland Barthes’ seminal essay, Camera Lucida, seeks to explore the notion of the “wound” in photographic image-making. The “wound” refers to a lacerating quality in an image, an irreducibility which differentiates it from the heterogeneous images which pass through our filter of culture. Such images have the capacity to affect the viewer, moving them to feel and think; to be affected, then, is to reaffirm our humanity. The “wound” is seen as a posture of energized consciousness; it generates an adventure. “It is this adventure,” Barthes states, “that allows me to make the photograph exist.” The “wound”, then, animates the viewer and endows the image with a higher value, a value of tension or intensity, signifying what is essential about photography and image-making in general.
Each artist has been selected for WOUND based on their photographic work as graduates or post-graduates at the two collaborating institutions. The artists’ responses to the notion of the “wound” may utilize formal photographic practices, photographic processes, and/or photographic referents, according to their individual interpretations. Collectively, the work presented in WOUND covers diverse themes such as the aesthetics of politics, the culture of identity, forms of the non-visible and the aesthetics of absence, projected experiences, psychological manipulations, simulacra and ideas of the multiple, and symbolic migrations.
New and recent works by these artists will populate the lower-floor of the gallery, furthering the artists’ investigations into their individual fields of interest and exploring new relationships between photography and fine art practice. The exhibition is curated by Carianne Whitworth, currently studying Conceptual Practice at the University of Brighton; she is also publisher of Playground magazine, the student-led arts publication at Brighton.
HOUSE Gallery is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm, Saturdays 9am-5pm. HOUSE Gallery is closed on Sundays. For further information, please email Keren Oertly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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