ART: WHAT’S AROUND SOHO
As part of the Future Contemporaries of the Serpentine Gallery, I was invited to participate to a Collector’s Circle visit lead by the charming and elegant Catherine Petitgas, influential Latin-American art collector and strong opinion maker.
The visit started at The Photographer’s Gallery, where we visited two of the current exhibitions.
First The Chinese Photobooks which is based on a collection compiled by Martin Parr, well known British Photogapher whose work I had the chance to appreciate through the years (If you’ve never heard his name it’s really worthed taking a look to his website to discover his unique and ironic prospective on our century’s life style).
Many of the publications on display are unknown or rarely seen outside of China and offer a unique insight into the country’s complex cultural history while revealing the richness and diversity of China’s largely unexplored history of photobook publishing.
FreshFaced + WildEyed is an annual competition among recent graduates from photographic and visual arts courses across the UK.
I was particularly moved by the body work of Aida Silvestri “Even this will pass”, depicting the journeys and experiences of some Eritrean refugees into the United Kingdom. The work brings to light the suffering faced during their uncertain, and at times dreadful, voyage to exile.
I also appreciated “Covering the Carpet” by Jocelyn Allen, whose self portraits, shot to cover the pubic area, I found very ironic, stylish and sexy.
Lastly I want to mention Jill Quigley‘s “Cottages of Quingley’s Point”, whose colorful and playful interventions in abandoned Irish cottages somehow reminded me of Tim Walker settings, one of my favourite Fashion Photographers.
Afterwards we went to Carroll/Fletcher Gallery, where we had the pleasure to meet artist Justin Hibbs for a tour of his “Alias_Re_Covered” exhibition, showcasing his first sound piece produced in colllaboration with musician Ben Lancaster.
Fanatic of vinyls and electronic music, all his work focus on the relationship between sound and image and “the space between”, where the act of creation happens.
His work, very modern, picks apart the mechanics of spatial perception and is inspired by the aesthetic of architecture and graphic design, his subject at Central Saint Martins.
I would definitely buy a piece!
Lastly we went to Pilar Corrias Gallery to view the exhibition “Annual Journey” by korean artist Koo Jeong, who presented a serie of large watercolor paintings depicting various large rock formation from a demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.
This work, which is the continuation from a previous art project, captures in a very poetic way the rocks and what they symbolize to her, with particular focus on the voids and the relationships that exist between the basalt rocks.
I must say I have been fully enjoying that morning, inspired by ideas, visions, colors and creative people: definitelty the main reason why I found living in London so exciting!