by the grace of the fire and the flame
Opposed to the abstract world of dreams, the indistinct realm of the subconscious, photography’s innovators were motivated by a need for clarity & permanence, to capture & control fleeting moments. To conquer this anguished desire visionaries create a way to see, a way to be seen. However, the lens has created a paradox, it simultaneously seduces by way of revelation all the while harnessing transparency to conceal. Although microscopic environments can be inspected & distant worlds explored, hidden are the stories relating to the natural forces & organic and inorganic matter utilised within this extension to our vision. While looking through optical prosthesis we see through the history of materials & natural forces that create, destroy & recreate.
Claudia Bigongiari • Amanda Gordon • Shaun Hines • Stee Louw • Zara Pears • Pannaporn Saichaemjan • Lily Simmons • Yafei Wang • Joss Williams • Bojian Xu • Qing Xu • Shuqiao Zhang •