The exhibition includes Goldschmied & Chiari's Nympheas (2007), large-scale panoramic photographs deliberately and playfully evoking Claude Monet's paintings. Subverting the idyllic, unpolluted view of nature offered by the Impressionists, the flowers in Goldschmied & Chiari's works are made of plastic bags, floating amongst the litter in the Tiber River, Rome. Sara Goldschmied (1975) and Eleonora Chiari (b.1971) have been working as an artistic duo since 2001 under the name goldiechiari. They live and work between Rome and Milan. A solo exhibition of their work has recently toured to Centre d'Art Contemporaine Passerelle, Brest (France) and Villa Croce, Museum of Contemporary Art, Genova (Italy).
The highly detailed and pristine flowers in Fabio Zonta's works are removed from their natural context and shot against a stark white backdrop. Each specimen is either in full bloom or is on the edge of decay, the edges of the petals beginning to turn and brown. A reflection on both mortality and the transience of beauty - these photographs are a modern momento mori. Fabio Zonta (b.1958) lives and works between Cima Lan and Milan. His work has been the subject of fifteen solo exhibitions and this will be the first time his work has been exhibited in the UK.
The exhibition also includes a selection of works from Laura Letinsky's To Want For Nothing, Hardly More Than Ever and To Say It Isn't So series. These photographs show elegiac arrangements of objects on tables - wilting flowers and petals, food, candle, and pottery. These photographs allude to an unseen human presence and are reminiscent of 17th Century Dutch vanitas. Work by Laura Letinsky (b.1962) has been exhibited at Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography; Casino Luxembourg; Galerie m Bochum, Germany; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Nederlands Foto Institute; and The Renaissance Society, Chicago amongst others.
Sinaida Michalskaja's works are a series of large-scale photographs of windows. Each image presents a partially obscured interior and a reflection of the external world. Taking inspiration from the metaphorical and symbolic value of the window, these works show both the domesticated nature inside and a glimpse of untamed nature outside - mediated by the window frame. Sinaida Michalskaja lives and works in London. She recently graduated from Central Saint Martins, London with an MA in Fine Art Photography. Her work has previously been included in exhibitions in the US, Italy, Germany and the UK.
Jonny Brigg's staged photographs of flowers in domestic settings initially appear to fake or photo-shopped. The show a vase, flowers and backdrop painted magnolia, and another vase with the flowers in the base and the roots on display. These works are part of an ongoing series by Briggs in which he explores the constructed reality of the family, and the boundaries between child and adult; nature and culture; and real and fake. Jonny Briggs (b.1985) lives and works in London. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2011 with an MA in Fine Art and his work has been included in exhibitions at The Photographer's Gallery, Saatchi Gallery and Zabludowicz Collection amongst others.