AboutBureau presents Transit, a solo exhibition of retrospective photographic works from the last decade (2000 2010) by Vinca Petersen.
Tribal people worldwide believe photographs steal souls. Vinca Petersen's photographs emanate emotions not so much stolen from the souls of the subjects, but offered by them to her from the same depths. She shares the moment physically and emotionally, and in observing each encounter carefully Petersen captures the split second the vision and the emotion collide, thus creating images of sublime surrender and infinite depth.
The work in Transit includes images from Petersen's seminal No System project, documenting the lifestyle of travellers and squatters, countercultural youth groups, or self-sufficient âtribes' who make up the sound systems generating illegal raves and parties throughout Europe. These communities of people of all generations and nationalities are seen as a threat to the established norms of most societies and yet their culture of freedom, techno music, and dance touches the youth of Europe.
Her images reveal scenes of pandemonium and paradise, from illegally occupied pastoral settings to night visions of the city on fire, captured during anti-capitalist riots. These images are shown alongside more recent works recorded during different types of journeys, such as aid convoys to Africa, juxtaposing ideas and ideals surrounding both community and travel, and further exploring the notion of âtribe'. In documenting the seemingly unspectacular day-to-day existence of a traveller's life and her position in alternative and alternating communities, each of these images, loaded with interpretation, reveals so much more about life, its frailty and uncertainty.
Vinca Petersen is an internationally renowned photographer, having shown work alongside a number of leading artists in the field; she has most recently exhibited at Photo Month in Krakow, Poland as part of the exhibition Nothing is in the Place, with artists John Smith, Mark Lecky, Tim Macmillan, Christopher Morris, and Martin Parr. Petersen's work is held in several highly regarded international photography collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum's permanent collection and the Monsoon Collection, London. Transit is Petersen's first solo exhibition at Bureau, having previously exhibited with the gallery at art fairs The Manchester Contemporary, Zoo Art Fair, London, and a solo presentation at Künst Zurich.
Vinca Petersen was born in 1973 in Seoul, South Korea, and currently lives and works in Kent, UK. Solo exhibitions include Künst Zurich, Art Fair, Switzerland with Bureau (2007); a permanent installation at The Monsoon Building, London (2004); Reload, Gallery Van Der Voort, Spain (2003); Solo, Gallery Marta Cervera, Madrid, Spain; Reload, Halles aux Poissons, Perpignan, France; Down the Rec, Paul Stolper Gallery, London (2002); and Still Looking, Rolls Royce Gallery, London, UK (2001).
Group exhibitions include: Nothing is in the Place, Photo Month, Krakow, Poland (2010); The Manchester Contemporary, Art Fair with Bureau, Manchester; The Kiss of a Lifetime, Rogue Project Space, Manchester, touring to Vane, Newcastle, and BEARSPACE, London, UK (2009); Something That I'll Never Really See (Contemporary Photography From The V&A), Victoria & Albert Museum, touring to Sainsbury Centre, Norwich; Arts Depot, London; Herbert Read Gallery, Coventry; Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford, UK (2008-09); Companion Piece, London; Where Are We, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, and Plymouth City Art Gallery, UK (2008); Aesthetics of Anxiety, MARCdePUECHREDON, Basel, Switzerland (2007); Bureau, Zoo Art Fair, London; Full Frame, Vienna, Austria; Et Maintenant, CRAC, Alsace, France (2006); Habitat, Brick-5 Building, Vienna, Austria (2005); Now Is Good: Ne Travaillez Jamais, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK (2004); The Armory Show, New York (2002); Art Tube 01, London Underground, London; Questions of Landscape, Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Cab Gallery, London, UK (2001); and The Art of Photography, New York, USA (2000).
Petersen's work has been profiled in magazines Flash Art, Dazed & Confused, Flux, and ID, alongside her undertaking several photographic commissions for Adbusters and Richardson magazines, and producing a critically acclaimed monograph No System, published by Steidl. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections internationally, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and The Monsoon Collection, London, UK. Vinca Petersen is represented by Bureau.