Portrait Exhibitions Part 2 – The Flowers Gallery and Autograph

Flowers Gallery Group Exhibition

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Jacques Lacan ‘Dit Mansion’

The Flowers Gallery holds a new exhibition featuring several artists and photographers as part of a group exhibition.  The exhibition features a variety of series including abstract prints from Magalei Avezoe presenting ‘Murmur’, Boomoon and ChrisMcCaw presenting ‘Out of Obscurity’.  ‘Murmur’ is particularly intriguing in the observation of form and colour in which the work is complimented with calming music bringing an immersive experience.

The images featured include a series of small polaroids created by artist Alessandro Dandini De Sylva who uses a process that chemically deconstructs the the image by disturbing the printing process.  As a result, the images each present visuals of a deconstructed landscape where striking colour and pattern dominates over the original image.  This series shows an example of how imagery can be transformed through deterioration. Another section of the gallery brings a infra-red lit room that presents images that are unfixed, thus highlighting how the switch of a light can make the image content disappear altogether.  Presented by Ryan L. Moule, the purpose of this display is to bring awareness of our own emotional attachment when preserving images.

The series ‘Dit Mansion’ by Jaques Lacan presents images that I found particularly intriguing is a series of 3 large photographs of 3 dimensional and 2 dimensional objects possessing a plain, basic shape stood within an empty interior wall space.  The images bring blue and yellow as contrasting partners in colour where Lacan embodies abstraction in the most basic compositions.  The simple placement of a corner of a wall and a large box plinth in a clear space embodies a sense of both presence and absence.

Autograph Gallery

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Aida Silvestri. ‘Unsterile Clinic’. 2015

Aida Silvestri presents ‘Unsterile Clinic’ at the Autograph Gallery which brings awareness of a complex subject of Female Genital Mutilation.  For this exhibit, Silvestri brings together a series of portraits that are highly contrasted enough to that the individual remains anonymous.  Alongside each image, a poem features telling the story of that individual’s experience of the traumatic experience FGM entails.  Beginning the project in 2015, Silvestri interviewed and photographed FGM victims who live in the UK and with the prints, Silvestri also uses leather fabric material to represent a visual 3 dimensional diagram of the physical outcome of the FGM procedure.

A larger material image also features where Silvestri invites the audience to place a pin into the portrait as an additional tribute to the cause.  Curated by Renee Mussai, the exhibition marks the 2nd anniversary of the Girl Summit, an organisation intended to ensue forces to end the practice internationally.

I personally found this exhibition gave the most impact when addressing a dark subject representing a global issue.  Although this show does not relate in terms of concept to my own creative practice, the way Silvestri has executed the display is very powerful as she shows the audience visually what the subject encounters along with detailed information.

Conclusion

In conclusion to my investigations at the four galleries, National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers Gallery, The Flowers Gallery and Autograph, I am particularly influenced by the works of William Eggleston as he presents a variety of narrative ideas that is more closely related to my own practice.  I have learned by viewing his show that narratives can be represented through the simplest encounters in everyday life.  This is something I intend to bring to my own visual narratives where a connection is made with basic gestures and actions.

References

ARR Flowers Gallery (2016) ‘Exhibitions-Current‘ {Online} Available from: http://www.flowersgallery.com (Accessed 22/07/2016)

ARR Autograph-ABP (2016) ‘Exhibitions-Aida Silvestri Unsterile Clinic‘ {Online] Available from: http://www.autograph-abp.co.uk (Accessed 22/07/2016)

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