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Space Lands by Paul Freeman

8 Jan 2010 – 15 Feb 2010

Three White Walls

Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Space Lands is the result of a project executed between 2007 and 2009 in the south west states of the USA. Freeman was drawn to New Mexico in 2007 when he heard of the extraordinary plan by Sir Richard Branson to launch a space tourist business from a spaceport in the New Mexico desert. This initial visit meant that the artist developed a fascination with the region and its people, influencing him to return many times. Space Lands incorporates pictures of artifacts from the ‘first space age' (which ended with the Apollo landings), and the remnants of the space and missile tourism that accompanied this period. It also contains photographs of the landscapes and early development of ‘Spaceport America' which is currently under construction, and portraits of some of the local people who are connected to the past and future of space exploration. Space Lands explores the uncanny and alien spaces of the desert and the arcs of fantasy, hope and failure that characterize the history of space exploration and its inextricable relationship with militarism and power.

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