Constructs, Spectacle and Self

Event details

13th January - 13th February 2011
Viewfinder Photography Gallery
Greenwich, London

About the event

Constructs, Spectacle and Self

13 January to 13 February 2011

Private View: 20th January

Exhibiting photographers: Kelly Brown, Catlin Harrison and Kerry Clark

The Viewfinder Photography Gallery is pleased to present ìConstructs, Spectacle and Selfî, a group exhibition of photographic projects by Kerry Clark, Kelly Brown and Catlin Harrison. The work featured in this exhibition explores identity and gender roles, with a gaze on historic and contemporary references to women.

ìConstructs, Spectacle and Selfî artists on their process:

Catlin Harrison: ìOne strand of imagery that was percolating in my brain before making this ìSelf-Imageî series was old master portrait painting and the use of light, clothes and texture to signify status. The immense detail in the folds of cloth, jewelery and luxury objects is the meticulous artifice that precursors today's high definition seduction.î

Kelly Brown: ìI am discovering and developing my identity through self-photography, following the methodology of interacting with real or imagined female ancestors, creating costumes and dresses that I wear and creating images of self-photography/self-portraits.î

Kerry Clark: ìFor me, photography is a tool to reconstruct reality, to re-invent myself, my surroundings and re-evaluate and understand my thinking. I want to make art that explores the self; my identity and in doing so ask others to understand theirs.î

Viewfinder curator Kathleen Brey says, Kelly Brown, Kerry Clark and Catlin Harrison are photographers working with the most personal of subjects - themselves, and how they see themselves in the world. Emphasising the spectacle of self, Harrison, Clark and Brown place distance between the subject and the viewer. The artists looked at historical sources (ancestors, old masters, 19th century photographic processes) in the hopes of finding themselves in the present. The resulting photographs by each artist have a performative quality. Clark, Harrison and Brown use photography to portray oneís ongoing soul-search, playing with how we construct our own identities.

Exhibition dates:
13 January to 13 February 2011

Exhibition open:
Wednesday & Friday, 12-5pm
Thursday, 12:30-6pm
Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday


Viewfinder Photography Gallery,
52 Brixton Village (formerly Granville Arcade)
Brixton, London SW9 8PS

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The Viewfinder Photography Gallery showcases project-based work by emerging and established photographers. The Viewfinder Photography Gallery is a registered charity number 1135482.