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“The history of all photography is a history of image
manipulation”. Batchen 2001
Blurred Certainty brings together eight international
photographers whose work resonates between the boundaries of
constructed imagery and direct representations of the visual world. The
exhibition presents a striking range of images of real and imagined
landscapes, portraits and forms.
Each photographer's approach to image-making displaces the viewer by
disrupting her placement and perception of the real or unreal, staged
or un-staged. They seek a freedom of construction, a site for play, an
area of experimentation, using the camera and the reproduction of
indexical images as photographic objects to contemplate the bewildering
environment. At the same time, manipulated and constructed images
provide selective reference points to the “real” world, making it
increasingly difficult for viewers to understand their position within
that world and thus creating a displaced sense of certainty.
Aliki Braine crosses the boundaries between drawing, collage and
photography. Her photographs are often cut, re-photographed, blurred,
folded, or selectively enlarged, thus pulling the viewer away from the
image and pointing to its surface. Duncan Caratacus Clark's
images have a subtle edginess. His landscapes are flattened with a
painterly quality and appear slightly unrealistic. The monochrome
quality expresses a romantic view of the landscape but also brings to
question man's presence within the setting.
Etienne Clemént turns mass-produced figures and a series of
scaled down environments into something that is comic and disturbing.
In the series 'Wendy's World' toys are deliberately placed within a
constructed scene, similar to film sets, staging imaginary untold
stories. Sandra Senn's photographs of colourful, strange,
idyllic landscapes - once carefully considered - become an array of
inconsistency. They have an uncanny way of presenting the viewer with a
familiar image that is easily identifiable, only for the viewer to then
become quickly goaded by what they see. Calanit Schachner's series
Space is a collaborative project between the artist and a blind
man. These images are large scale, dark and distorted. The subject
matter can barely be made out through the dark, pixilated surface.
Nicky Willcock's compositions translate subject matter into
elements of space, colour, pattern, form, texture, and light. Our
attention is drawn to the unnoticed details within the urban landscape,
focusing on these intricate geometrical structures and their tactile
nature. Diana Lui constructs tantalising stories and narratives
in her portraits. Taken from the 'Sensations' series, a character in Snow
White II, dressed in white with white hair and skin sits in a
white room carrying a mirror which reflects back to the viewer. Simon
Tyszko's photographs of Iceland draw our attention to the
mechanical framework of photographic image-making, bringing into
question the function of the camera as a tool for representing the
Notes to editors:
Aliki Braine was born in France and lives and works in London. She
studied at Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, 1999 - 2001 and Ruskin
School, Oxford University, 1995-1998. Recent exhibitions include: Slade
Gallery, Slade School of Fine Art, (2005), Gallerie Magda Danysz,
Paris, (2004), Je n'ai pas pu résister à être là, Centre d'Art
en l'Ile, Geneva, (2003), Dramatic Events, The George Rodger
Gallery, Kent Institute of Art and Design, Kent, (2002), St'Art,
Salon d'Art Contemporain, Strasbourgh, (2002).
Images can be viewed at; www.alikibraine.com
Duncan Caratacus Clark was brought up in Scotland and lives and
works in London. He studied at Glasgow College of Printing in
1989-1992. Recent group exhibitions include: Collyer Bristow
Gallery (2006), Contemporary Art Fair, Edinburgh (2005), Show
Number One, Jerwood Space, London (2005), Juxtaposition,
Alan Klucklow Fine Art (2005). Recent publications include; Chance,
a book of fine art photography by Fotografique.
Images can be viewed at: www.duncancaratacusclark.com
Etienne Clemént was born in Paris and lives and works in both
Paris and London. He studied at the Ecole du Louvre, Paris 1985-1987.
Recent solo exhibitions include; Night Vision & Toy Stories,
The Gallery, London (2005), Toy Stories, Photofusion, London
(2005), Nocturnès, Palais des Congres, Paris (2004), Gutted,
Geffrye Museum, London (2003), BALTIC: A vision on emulsion, Baltic,
Gateshead (2002), The Goldfinger Series, The Architectural
Association, London (2002), RIBA Architecture Gallery, London (2002).
Images can be viewed at: www.etienneclement.com
Diana Lui was born in Malaysia, and lives in Paris. He studied
at University California, Los Angeles and Art Center College of Design,
Pasadena. Exhibitions include, Aura Gallery, China (2006). Intimate
Portraits, Museo de Bellas Artes, Venezuela (2005), Sensations,
Fototeca and Cineteca of Monterrey, Mexico (2005). Galerie Cathay,
Paris, (2003), Bibliotheque Robert Desnos, Montreuil, Paris (2003).
Images can be viewed at: www.99medusas.com
Sandra Senn was born in Switzerland and lives and works in
Zurich and Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include; Galerie
Heckenhaeur, Berlin, Centre pour l'image contemporaine, Geneve. Recent
group exhibitions include; Photo-London, London (2005), Berliner
Liste, Berlin (2005), Paris-Photo, Paris (2005), Auswahl
2005, Kunsthaus Aarau (2005), Con-temporay, Berlin (2005). Sandra
Senn is represented by Galerie J.J. Heckenhauer, Berlin.
Images can be viewed at: www.heckenhauer.net
Calanit Schachner was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and lives and works
in London. She studied a Masters in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College
2002-03, London. Recent solo exhibitions include Space, London
(2004), and A New Cinema Born, London (2003). Recent group
exhibitions include Capture, the Association of Photographers,
London (2005) and The Solar Anus, Henry Peacock Gallery,
London (2004), London zoo Art Fair Jeffery Charles Gallery,
Images can be viewed at: www.fotografique.com
Simon Tyszko was born in the U.K. and lives and works in London.
He studied at Middlesex University (1995). He won the Film Four award
at the 48 hour film festival (2000). Recent film screenings include; 33,
Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2005), Kulerama,
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2005), Measure,
Clarkenwell, London (2003).
Images can be viewed at: www.theculture.net
Nicky Willcock was born in the U.K. and now lives and works in
London. She studied at De Montfort University, Leicester (1992-95),
Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London (2003-04).
Exhibitions include Magenta Emerging Photographs, (2006), 24,
Trafalgar Square, (2005 and 2006), Square Art, London (2005), La
Foto Fresca, Naples, Italy (2004).
Images can be viewed at: www.nickywillcock.co.uk
Sarah Williams is a freelance
curator and Gallery Coordinator at Jerwood Space.
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Geoffrey Batchen, 'Ectoplasm' in Each Wild
Idea: Writing: Photography: History, Cambridge MA and London: The MIT