THE SUSPENSION OF HISTORY
Preview: Thursday 7th June at 6pm (with publication launch)
Continues: 8th – 16th June 12pm – 5pm (closed Sundays)
Q&A with Artists: Saturday 9th June at 1pm
Michal Baror (IL) Beth Atkinson (UK) Elisabeth Molin (DK) Patrick Hough (IRL) Joanna Piotrowska (PL)
Basement Project Space presents ‘The Suspension of History’, an exciting international group exhibition of contemporary photography. This exhibition brings together the ambitious work of five artists from five countries who are currently undertaking an MA in Fine Art Photography at Royal College of Art London. Engaging with the subject of history, these artists query historical representation in varying ways: the official and unofficial, personal or universal, factual or fictive.
This exhibition signals a topical and timely moment of reflection on the nature of history and by extension certain moments of disjuncture, intersection and rupture between past and present. The show considers history not as a linear account of a past that is extrinsic to the present, but as something that can exist contemporaneously. Like a photograph, our historical inheritance can be seen, interpreted and manipulated in our own time, It is in this sense that history becomes suspended.
Michal Baror (IL) questions the politics of history writing and the limits of vision that are forced upon a subject from its historical and geographical settings, taking Israel-Palestine, her homeland as a case study.Beth Atkinson’s (UK) work focuses on the folklore of Epping Forest, north of London, through exploring its repeating histories and the blurring of fact and fiction. Elisabeth Molin (DK) uses actors and props to momentarily transform existing spaces. The juxtapositions are attempts to render permanent and incontestable spaces more fragile, ephemeral and open to questioning. Patrick Hough (IRL) examines how history is represented and constructed in cinema and how it becomes stratified and layered through a multiplicity of representations in various forms. Joanna Piotrowska (PL) “portrays far off reflections of existence, the elliptical presence of humans in places where (it would seem) they have never been.”
A special limited edition publication has been produced as part of this exhibition, and will be launched on the night. Including a text by Susan Butler. Available at BPS.
The Suspension of History has been made possible by the generous support of the Royal College of Art, London.
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