After the Fall - Hin Chua2. Feb - 17. Mar 13 / ended Third Floor Gallery
Wednesday - Sunday, 12:00-18:00
“Several years ago, I found myself standing before a field littered with a kaleidoscopic multitude of plastic bags. A middle-aged couple was passing by; 'Isn't this absolutely ghastly?' they announced with considerable consternation. I paused before making a remark that surprised both them and myself: it was one of the most wonderful things I'd seen in a while.” - Hin Chua
The photographs in After the Fall are taken at the edges of urban development. It is that indistinct area in which towns and cities break down and unravel into the wilderness. Often these forgotten places - discarded fields, industrial hinterlands, geographical accidents – are in a state of impermanence, their lifetime short compared to that of the man made sprawl that will take over them. These images fix into photographic paper the unpredictable, often disturbing results of the collisions that are gradually and chaotically reshaping the spaces around us.
These photographs are guided improvisations. Hin Chua uses satellite imagery to identify potential sites of interest; a practice that often lands him in surprising and most often deserted locations in unfamiliar countries. Taken over several years, After the Fall brings a global perspective on the processes that are changing our landscapes, replacing the places we once knew under the inevitable wheels of change.
Hin Chua was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and raised in Australia. Living now in London he is as travelled as his photographs. His work has been exhibited internationally, including solo shows in La Petite Poule Noire Gallery in Paris and the Stadtmuseum Graz.
The opening of this exhibition is supported by Otley Brewing Company and Ottimo Digital (Newport).
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