Exhibition

In Country - Ivan Coleman

13 Mar 2017 – 15 Apr 2017

Event times

10am - 18.30

Cost of entry

Free

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London, United Kingdom

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  • Buses: 4, 55, 56, 243
  • Tube: Barbican, St. Paul

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For the last seven years Ivan has been particularly interested in documenting the British countryside at rest and play; his work concentrates on events and landscapes that are important to rural communities but less familiar to their urban counterparts.

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Ivan's interest in the countryside is deeply rooted in his childhood experience of growing up divided between London and the countryside - on farms, building sites and caravans (due to his parents' separation). Through the series, Coleman has explored his own identity and sense of belonging; in a geographical sense, but also in terms of social class: those raised in the countryside often face an automatic assumption of belonging to the higher echelons of society but for Ivan, this wasn’t the case. The contrast here has been a source of fascination for the artist, resulting in an attempt at capturing the relationship between different communities and their perceptions of one another.

In Country was partially conceived as a series of “postcards” from an unrecognisable, detached world, impossible to pin on a map. Just as the changes in the world economy have forced those living off the land to diversify and invent ever more novel ways of making a living, the English country traditions, as captured by Ivan, cross over into an almost magical sphere. The sheer beauty of his Constable-esque landscapes and the seemingly anachronistic ritual contained within them, evokes fascination, disbelief and a universal quality.

Coleman works as a commercial photographer and is also currently head of Photography in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College.

 

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