conceptual

Walls.

Borders

In response to the similar conceptual approaches used by Aida Silvestri and Yto Barrada I have photographed my own interpretation of the situation, however conceptually my approach is more about the border in which we have to cross in order to live somewhere else which is why I have located my subject on the border of the walls surrounding Chester. Although obviously the struggle to cross is not upon the same level as it is for those illegally fleeing from Africa, the representation of the border which keeps us located in a certain place is clearly visible.

I have chosen to cover the face of my subject to remain anonymous much like Silvestri and Barrada in order to create no distractions from the meaning in which I am depicting visually via a reconstructed representation of a refugee’s struggle to freely leave their homeland. The scarf covering the face of my subject in this situation represents the struggle to see where they are going and enhance the fact that moving from one place to another is not so straightforward for some people.

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On Landscape Project.

On Landscape Project. 

Guest Projects, 1 Andrews Road, London. 

7th/03/14 – 30/03/14 

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Urban Vistas by Minna Kantonen. Distanced from nature, our experiences in large cities such as London are largely based on the landscaped, constructed environment. 

On Landscape Project is a landscape exhibition by a group of female artist who aim to challenge traditional representations of landscape.

Minna Kantonen, Dafna Talmor, Emma Wieslander and Minna Pöllänen exhibit a variety of work challenging what we believe to define landscape within the creative world specifically within photography.

The project addresses the idea within various mediums of photography including a self published book call. Some of which include abstract and unheard of ideas regarding landscape. The central platform holding the books aims to provide further debates around landscape as well as bringing more people to the show. The show as a whole really climbs in to your mind. The whole time spent in the space I found myself having internal debates of what I already preconceived landscape to be, the show expands and opens new ideas around the subject.

It’s unusual for the show to be fully curated by female artists, this however creates an atmosphere of fragility and sensitivity, each piece of work seems tangible to they eye and once your vision is touching the selected piece and it’s accompanied ideas you feel a sense of calm and wonder. Even within Emma Wieslander’s ‘Burnt’ series there is a sense of precision and lightheartedness by the small delicately burnt pieces.

Emma Wieslander’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ exhibits two romantic warm yet generic looking sunsets out at sea, however the closer you get you notice that they aren’t what they appear to be at all. The images are in fact lightbulbs hung in an empty room at different light temperatures. The pieces play with the idea of what we initially see, what we want to see, what we should see and what we really see.

The show perceives one of the most explored and interesting up to date debates on landscape as a medium and the conceptual approach to the representation of landscape as a whole.

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Constructed Landscapes by Dafna Talmor. C-type prints made of collaged and montaged colour negatives. 

More information about the exhibition at: http://www.onlandscapeproject.co.uk/

Anni Leppälä.

Purdy Hicks Gallery, London.

24/01/14 – 22/02/14

Young Finish photographer Anni Leppälä’s exhibition at the Purdy Hicks Gallery in London explores concepts of time specifically within the relationship between the past and present in her life. The images featured in the exhibition certainly have a distinct style and a rather stunning one to say the least. They are all visually extraordinary in a soft dreamlike kind of way. The exhibitions conceptual approach seemed to be a bit far fetch, just another broad narrative about time there was nothing special about it in that sense. Freezing time, making a moment motionless, for me it seemed unfitting for what I was really seeing. However, I found all the images to be far from real, almost like tiny plastic scenes from the life of a distorted figure in a doll house. The stylised photographs tended to focus upon small sections within the everyday life, the small and specific then appears to look almost strange and surreal sort of like they were inspired by something from Alice In Wonderland. Each images draws upon some element of fragile construction much like a china doll for example.

Do you see where I’m coming from?

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Hand, 2013. 

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Buttons II (Marble), 2014.

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Hands (Thread), 2014

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Muotokuva | Portrait 2013. 

More information about the exhibition at: http://www.purdyhicks.com/display.php?aID=8