ArtSway is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Dave Lewis bringing together photographs and video. Dave Lewis is a photographer and filmmaker interested in identity and how people belong to a place. In making his work, Lewis attempts to act as both an ethnographer (the study of the characteristics of different people) and an artist.
Field Work is a new body of artwork inspired by the idea of the artist as a âstranger' who visits a place or site to gather first-hand evidence as research. Lewis has explored the New Forest in Hampshire and Newtown in mid-Wales for Field Work. Both of theses places are linked by their rural locations and also by their cultural differences to Lewis' hometown of London. By analyzing and contrasting these areas, interviewing residents and documenting events such as local festivals and carnivals, Lewis examines the role of the individual within society and how that individual identifies themselves with a place.
For his exhibition at ArtSway Lewis will present a series of large-scale landscape photographs taken on the outskirts of Newtown, and Sway. These photographs are taken from the viewpoint of the âstranger' as he surveys a place that is new to him. Alongside these photographs are two filmed âjourneys' showing the âstranger' as he conducts his research into Newtown and Sway, including interviews with local people.
Other images in the exhibition will include photographs Lewis took at carnivals in Wales and the New Forest that further explore ideas of identity and belonging to a place.
Dave Lewis gained a BA (Hons) in Film and Photographic Arts from the Polytechnic of Central London in 1985. Recent exhibitions and screenings include: Photo-ID Norwich Forum, 2009; Hybridity, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts 2008; Anywhere but Here, Southwark Gallery, 2008; AfterShock, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, 2007. Dave Lewis lives and works in London and is currently Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths, University of London.
Dave Lewis: Field Work is a co-commission by Autograph ABP, ArtSway, and Oriel Davies Gallery. Field Work will be exhibited at Oriel Davies Gallery from 17 April - 9 June 2010.
Exhibition Associated Events:
Private View and Gallery Talk: Dave Lewis in Conversation with Peter Bonnell and Indra Khanna
Saturday 6 February 2010 at 3pm
Photographer and film-maker Dave Lewis will discuss his newly commissioned project Field Work with ArtSway Curator Peter Bonnell and Autograph ABP Curator Indra Khanna.
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Art in Context: Anthropology and Field Work
Saturday 13 March 2010 at 3pm
Chris Wright, a lecturer in visual anthropology at Goldsmiths College in London, will deliver a talk at ArtSway relating to themes in the work of Dave Lewis. The talk will cover other examples of 'field work' used by artists, and the way that these concerns with those of anthropologists.
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To press images, interviews and further information, or to book a place on the above events, please contact Jack Lewis on 01590 682260 (ext.6) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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