Continuum: Photography, Space and Time

Private view: Friday 11 March 6-9 PM
Normal opening hours: Sat & Sun 12-4 pm

Intervention Gallery is delighted to launch its 2011 season with the photography group show Continuum, curated by Kerim Aytac and Jeff Vanderpool. All work will be projected as slide shows in order to engage with the presentation of photography in a time-based format.

Continuum is a response to the challenge of showing work within such a distinctive historic space as Intervention Gallery: a disused chapel in the heart of a cemetery. As the building is listed, no work can be hung from the walls, which challenges a traditional curatorial approach. As exhibited photographers themselves, the curators are well aware of the challenges faced when trying to communicate the meaning of a photographic project on the sterile walls of a white cube gallery. It is also true that for many photographers, the ideal way to present a project is in book form. The curators sought a way of meeting these two challenges whilst also producing a show that engages with the concept of space – from a variety of different approaches, whether conceptual, documentary or narrative.

The resulting exhibition involves the coordination of a group of slide-shows – both analogue and digital – of differing scales, positions and durations. The slide-show format will synthesise the experience of seeing photography both in print and on walls. This format will also allow photographers to represent their series more closely within a non-print context, whilst also honouring the needs and spirit of Intervention Gallery: a respect for the fragile architecture the gallery inhabits and an emphasis on the site-responsive exhibitions. This method of presentation encourages a committed and sustained engagement on the part of the viewer; it complements the work rather than hindering it. Visitors will be able to travel through projects at their own pace and along their own route, as they too become participants in the time-based nature of the exhibition. Some slide-shows will require visitors to be seated individually; others are more communal. The sound of the analogue slide projectors provides a nostalgic soundtrack to the still – yet constantly moving – images on the walls.

Featuring internationally exhibited artists John Maclean and Gabriel Benaim amongst others (including some northern bloke) , this promises to be a really exciting event that is not to be missed.


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