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New Sensations Exhibition - Stuart Fawcett went along to the New Sensations exhibiton which is part of London's Frieze Week.
The New Sensations exhibition honours at least 4 photographers amongst 20 top up-and-coming artists in the Saatchi Gallery London. This is the largest ever exhibition of emerging art to take place during London's Frieze Week.
Oleg Tolstoy is amongst other things a portrait photographer, he is excellent with his photo projects with whole series of photo’s depicting an idea in multiple presentations. This is one of his "Hands on knees" project collection and is the one chosen for the awards exhibition. Oleg aims to "challenge conventional understandings or portraiture, creating the familiar out of the unfamiliar by exploring cultural and personal identity". Check out more of his powerful series on his website he also has a series on masks that may well be of interest for a few of our ePHOTOzine members.
Clare Gallagher is a photographer and lecturer. She "is concerned with everyday life - the ordinary activities, states of mind and conditions of existence that fill time outside the moments of drama and spectacle". Her current projects include exploring how weeds find sites in inhospitable situations amongst the control and order offered by the corporate environment. This photo of Clare’s photo’s centres on a pile of weeds discarded on a path, it’s from her series called "Domestic Drift", No apologies for the reflections of other guests in the other photo’s.
Marianna Chojnacka, originally from Poland but now living in London is exploring the use of portrait in documentary photography, and she aims to use this technique to focus on the true nature of people in their current situations. Her photo’s here being exhibited are of immigrants from Georgia, Chechnya and Ingushetia living in a temporary refugee centre in north east Poland. These photo’s are to show the people as themselves yet distinct from the polish locals with whom integration will be difficult. The fact that they are in refugee centres further underlines there difference and isolation from their original and current environment. Marianna poses the question – if they lived in luxuriously furnished rooms would they still be perceived as immigrants? She asks us to think on these photo’s and examine our own responses.
Sam Jackson’s photo’s are almost hidden away at the end of a large white room and consist of Polaroid photo’s almost completely of isolated sections of girls, in one photo we see “Katinia and heels”, in another a light fitting and another would be considered pornographic if it was not in an art exhibition that seemed to be highlighting the ease and intimacy offered by the Polaroid medium.
Little other information on Sam seems to be available, I wonder if this is an intentional part of his artwork or just poor marketing?
David Birkin merged the artistic interpretation of photo’s into the rest of the exhibition of art with photo’s and history – This photo is from Yosuke Yamahata, it was taken after the bombing of Nagasaki. David has had Yosuke’s name digitally encoded into the photo. Yosuke died of cancer caused by the bombing in 1966. The original photo was hidden from view as a 1945 US directive said ‘Nothing shall be printed which might directly, or by inference, disturb public tranquillity’.
David’s other art pieces followed the same theme of using code and colours to hide & show information. It leaves you wondering how much can be hidden in information today. Needless to say there were also lots of paintings and sculptures which are amazing and very well presented; b1 in Bloomsbury square is a massive venue and is amazing in its self. When this article goes live I’ll upload an art image and some mod versions to my profile and comment here with the link.
This has got to be one of the best all round exhibitions in London at the moment, certainly the biggest and most interesting I’ve ever been to, so its highly recommended if you can get along this week.
Words and images by Stuart Fawcett (JackAllTog).