Thursday, January 17, 2008

Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin @ Fremantle Prison

One of the major exhibitions at FotoFreo 2008 is from Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin.
Adam and Oliver will be exhibiting a new and large body of work entitled Fig. This new work features over sixty still lives, portraits and landscapes, drawing together newly commissioned work made around the south coast of England and internationally, and traces links between photography, imperialism and the colonial impulse to acquire, map and collect. The exhibitions diverse imagery harks back to an era of Victorian collecting, which resulted in strange accumulations of objects being deposited in local museums throughout the UK.

As Broomberg and Chanarin have observed: “The history of photography is intimately bound up with the idea of colonial power. Documentary photographers today have a worrying amount in common with the collector/adventurers of past eras. As unreliable witnesses, we have gathered together ‘evidence’ of our experiences and present our findings here; a muddle of fact and fantasy.” - From FotoFreo

There was a vodcast of some of this work from Host Gallery in the UK - posted start of December. Nice free thought and association as well as great images. (As seen on PhotoAwesome.)

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