Place in general concerns a number of facets both objective and subjective. A sense of place refers to the subjective feelings associated with a particular place, feelings that are evoked by both insiders and outsiders. These images are about a sense of place from the perspective of cultural geography – specifically, understanding a place as a way of seeing and framing the world according to what and who is said to belong where.
‘Everything in its place’ is a contested idea in these images – temporal shifts and disparate juxtapositions challenge the notions of permanence.
Allan Grainger (www.allangrainger.com) has been practicing photography for the last forty years. However, it is only recently that he began a photographic art practice, with works shown during Photo Espana, the Brighton Photo Fringe and the Lucy bell Fine Art Gallery.
The work on show here is part of an on going project ‘In This Place’ that looks at culturally significant places over many days. Observations and photographic sketches are montaged together to produce a single image that considers the flow of people within a given place, with the intention of bringing about a new narrative formed by an empirical, historical and cultural understanding of the place.
Gabrielle Farah (www.gabriellefarah.co.uk) is a visual artist working in the field of digitally constructed images which question accepted narratives, people displacement and visual veracity.
Gabrielle started her photographic career in 2011. She was selected to be part of the East London International Photography Festival 2011 and 2012. Her work has been exhibited at the Phoenix Gallery, Brighton as part of the Brighton Photo Fringe 2012, where she was shortlisted for the Danny Wilson Memorial Award.
Her current project Bringing Home the War, began in 2013. The work is a collaboration with frontline photojournalist Medyan Dairieh. It aims to explore traditional quintessential English landscape, at the same time interrupts anticipated interpretations of conventional narrative with the unexpected, stimulating debate while questioning the verity of content. The photographs, rather than being a romantic cliche of Englishness, in fact introduce the complexities, diversity and ambiguities of our modern world.
This project is ongoing. To date it was selected to be exhibited at The Lucy Bell Gallery, Hastings. UK. In May 2014 the project was showcased by Photoworks. This October it will be part of the Brighton Photo Fringe 2014. The work will travel to Copenhagen mid October, where it will be exhibited by Levende Menneskerettigheder, Human Rights in Action. In November 2014, Bringing Home the War will be shown for six weeks at P21 Gallery, London NW1.
Daily from 10.30am to 5.30pm