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27 October - 11 November 2006

Open 10 - 5 Mon – Sat

Admission Free

Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London, SE1 0LN
T. 0207 654 0171 E.

Production Sponsor:

Tapestry - Production Agency -

John Jones – Framers -

Photo Media Partner: Hotshoe Magazine -

“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 'real'.

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).
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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.
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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).
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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).
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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.
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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, London (2004).
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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).
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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).
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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 Press 2001