The walk is free and open to the public. Please meet us at 3 PM in the gallery HOP Projects for an hour long walk reflecting on the images in the exhibition.
An Active Ghost is a show of new work by architectural photographer David Christian. This project takes inspiration from the history of Folkestone as a former shipping port, ferry terminal, and trade centre; and considers its current and past roles as a portal to Europe and beyond.
The exhibition traces the history of contemporary and historical infrastructure: including now disused train tracks, bridges, train station; along with the modern infrastructure for the Eurotunnel including its terminal; and the roadways, and overpasses which lead to and from it. Looking at this infrastructure, both past and present, as historical markers on the landscape we will utilise a constellation of narratives to consider the social, transport, trade and shifting uses of these aspects of the man-made industrial landmarks in the landscape.
The show documents the traces of the area’s transport infrastructure. Although some of these structures no longer serve the functionality they were originally created for, this does not mean they are defunct but that their meaning and usage has shifted, and has been adapted to serve the community differently. The projects highlights the connection between a site’s past and present; perhaps altering the way a viewer sees, considers and relates to the landscape, which is especially relevant at this moment when we are reconsidering and renegotiating our relationship with Europe and the wider world.