Each piece in the exhibition is a constant challenge, posing doubts and attempting to redefine the meaning of art. It’s art that overwhelms you, makes you believe, but more importantly; think.
Jess Clark, a super cool Australian photographer that we’ve had the pleasure of meeting in Manchester this year. Her work has a distinctly feminine and personal feel to it whilst also being very NOW and very RAD.
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Shadow Land: Photographs by Roger Ballen 1983-2011
Manchester Art Gallery, UK
30 March-13 May 2012
I managed to catch the distinct aesthetic that makes Roger Ballen’s exhibition on its last day. Having discovered the black and white eeriness of Ballen’s photographs only two years ago, it was wonderful to see three decades of work together.
“I have been shooting black and white film for nearly fifty years now. I believe I am part of the last generation that will grow up with this media. Black and White is a very minimalist art form and unlike color photographs does not pretend to mimic the world in a manner similar to the way the human eye might perceive. Black and White is essentially an abstract way to interpret and transform what one might refer to as reality.
My purpose in taking photographs over the past forty years has ultimately been about defining myself. It has been fundamentally a psychological and existential journey.
If an artist is one who spends his life trying to define his being, I guess I would have to call myself an artist.” -Roger Ballen
The Seen and the Unseen Exhibition - Setting up,