TOURING EXHIBITIONS

TOURING EXHIBITIONS

Hoda Afshar
Behold

Behold was made unexpectedly and without design. I was travelling in a city that I sometimes return to, and I got to know a group of gay men. There, where they live, these men (and many others like them) are mostly left to be. But only on the condition that they lead one part of their lives in secret. Rarely do their bodies ever meet in open honesty outside, in public. Only here in this bathhouse, is their desire to be seen and embraced by others—just to be and to be held—played out in the partial openness of these four closed walls.

The bathhouse no longer exists. But while it still did, these men invited me to document it and glimpse a little of their lives in it. We arrived, but I was not allowed to enter. So we rented the place, and for a few hours I took pictures while these men played themselves performing their lives for my peering camera, in order that their desire to be seen might be realised. Here in the world of the images—in the act of beholding, where the bare thereness of life is transformed from mere appearing or appearance, into something more meaningful... into recognition.

This exhibition is made possible with the very generous support of Ilford and The Printshop @PSC. Also, a great appreciation to Timothy Johannessen and Peter Hatzipavlis for their invaluable contribution and support.

The exhibition will be on display at the Horsham Regional Art Gallery from 9 March 2018 until 14 May 2018.

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Andrea Grützner
Erbgericht

Andrea Grützner (GER) presents a body of work related to a specific guesthouse in Saxony: Erbgericht centres around the architecture of an historic guesthouse—the cultural centre of its village. Within her images, interiors become projection screens for generations of memories and emotions that have occupied the spaces, entering into a visual dialogue with this culturally significant building.

Through interconnected analogue strategies, Grützner’s images consciously turn interior walls, corners and pipes into studies in complex planar composition. The spaces become impossible to inhabit; the stage sets for fragmented memories.

The exhibition will be on display at the Horsham Regional Art Gallery from 9 March 2018 until 14 May 2018.

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