What Are You Looking At?
35 Marylebone Rd, NW1 5LS
28th Oct - 5th Nov
11.00-19.00 weekdays, 10.00-18.00 weekend, opening hours will extend on event evenings
92 Brick Ln, E1 6RL
27th Oct - 5th Nov
11.00-18.00 weekdays, 10.00-18.00 weekend
In the context of this exhibition, it might depend on your relationship with photography.
For people who are familiar with “art” photography, you might see an unusual mix of works that appear quite distanced from each other.
Some others, who hold a modernist take – composition, light, craft of a silver gelatin print, and so on – might find some of the works are very subversive, or even disappointing.
Another case might be that some people may find they are not sure what to make of it when looking at some of the work, which happens quite often with contemporary art.
Given these different scenarios, you might realise photography is understood in very different ways for different people.
So what are you looking at?
You might see nothing from a photograph apart from the materiality of the photo paper itself. You might not realise you expect to see a nude when looking at pin-up photos from the 60s - until the nude is covered. You might be confronted with many view points captured at the same moment, slightly confusing which reality the photos are presenting.
The reality is that photography is heterogeneous which naturally leads to the various approaches artists take. In turn this gives the viewer different ways to contemplate the image, which can potentially reveal the power and politics of photography.
The intention of the exhibition is to direct visitors’ attention to the medium itself. The works you see here are all engaging with one question –
what are you looking at when you are looking at a photograph?
Gallery SO: 26th Oct 19:00 - 21:30 Ambika P3: 27th Oct 19:00 - 21:30
(Critical Cocktail Party)
Lena Amuat & Zoë Meyer
Jorge Luis Dieguez
Nikki S. Lee