Anita Witek @ L’etangere gallery / until 2nd May 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Wed-Sat 11am-6pm

@ L’etangere gallery, 44a Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3PD

Free entry

www.letrangere.net

First UK solo exhibition of the celebrated Austrian artist, Anita Witek. The show, which encompasses installation, montage and photography is concerned with the production and representation of images within the field of photography, and will be displayed in a series of constructed spaces within the gallery.

From sculptural installation to photomontage, Witek renders multiple slippages between two and three dimensionality. It is this process of simultaneously ‘making’ and ‘breaking’ space, of moving within and beyond the pictorial plane and also the inside/outside spaces of the gallery itself, that reveals the innately artificial and mimetic nature of the photographic medium.

Central to Witek’s practice is the artistic process of photomontage. Her extensive archive of printed matter, consisting of contemporary and historical magazines, newspapers, found books, and posters, provide the material for her working process. By dissecting, detaching and cutting into these materials Witek not only interferes with the tension of their surfaces, but also questions and destabilises their initial content.

Witek has recently continued this de-contextualisation of the imagery with which we are consistently bombarded through the use of the material on which billboard advertisements are printed. These large-scale, consumer-driven bulletins are recycled and reformed into the artist’s colour palette; the original image becomes lost within the sculptural installation that the viewer is left with. Witek’s process comments on contemporary modes of image- making and the potentially endless chains of derivatives to which one single photograph is subject to. No longer is the index embedded within the signifying photograph, but instead it becomes just one step in a continuous flux of material; its context and history is constantly subject to re-appropriation.

Although Witek’s images may be anti-narrative in the traditional sense, being devoid of any visual connections between speaking subjects, this rupture allows for the temporal perception of the spectator to be brought forward. As the gaze moves over the image, deducing and carving a pathway through its many layers, Witek releases what avant-garde filmmaker, Malcolm Le Grice, calls ‘spectator time’: vision as function.

Homes for the Homeless @ Geffrye Museum / until Sunday 12th July 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm
Bank Holiday Mondays 10am – 5pm

@ Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8EA

Tickets: £5

www.geffrye-museum.org.uk

We tend to imagine the Victorian home as a family affair, a place of stability and a retreat from the outside world. But for huge numbers of Londoners the reality was very different. Tens of thousands made their homes in lodgings and lodging houses, renting a room or a bed in a building shared with strangers. Countless others could not afford to rent and were forced to turn to the workhouse and to shelters or slept rough in whatever shelter they could find.

This exhibition tells the story of this ‘other’ London, exploring the places the poor inhabited and bringing them to life through paintings, photographs, and objects, as well as through personal stories and reports.

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Human Rights Human Wrongs @ The Photographers’ Gallery / 6th April 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Mon – Sat, 10am – 6pm
Thu, 10am – 8pm
Sun, 11.30am – 6pm

The Photographers’ Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW

Free entry

www.thephotographersgallery.org.uk

Featuring more than 200 original press prints, drawn from the prestigious Black Star collection of twentieth century photoreportage.

The exhibition explores what role such images play in helping us understand the case for human rights, and further addresses the legacy of how photographs have historically functioned in raising awareness of international conflict.

The exhibition spans a time frame from 1945 until the early 90s and examines the major political upheavals, conflict, war and struggles against racism and colonisation that became especially urgent following World War II. It seeks to present these events in a global context rather than as isolated incidents, moving away from didactic perspectives on history.

Revelations: Experiments in Photography @ Science Museum / until 19th September 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10:00-18:00

@ Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2DD

Tickets: £8 book online

www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

Discover the influence of early scientific photography on modern and contemporary art in this major new exhibition, featuring some of the rarest images from the pioneers of photography.

From the 1840s, scientists were using photography as a device to record and measure phenomena which lay beyond human vision. The aesthetic beauty of this early photography and the revolutionary techniques developed for scientific study, shaped the history of photography and heavily influenced modern and contemporary art photographers.

Revelations showcases some of the earliest photographic images from the National Photography Collection by figures such as William Henry Fox Talbot and Eadweard Muybridge alongside striking works by modern and contemporary artists including Harold Edgerton and Hiroshi Sugimoto .

On display for the very first time will be an original photographic print of X-Ray, the earliest recorded images of the moon and 19th century photographs capturing the hidden beauty of electrical discharges.

Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s @ V&A / until 24th May 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
10.00 to 17.45 daily
10.00 to 22.00 Fridays

@ Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Free entry

www.vam.ac.uk

A project to increase the number of black British photographers and images of black Britain in the V&A collection. It aims to raise awareness of the contribution of black Britons to British culture and society, as well as to the art of photography.

Summer Series @ Somerset House / 9th – 19th July 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Booking opens: 09:00am 20 March

@ Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Tickets: £29.50 book online

www.somersethouse.org.uk

Set in one of London’s most iconic landmarks, Summer Series at Somerset House returns with a diverse and impressive line-up of headline artists alongside hotly tipped emerging acts.

Chromeo
Thursday, 9 July 2015

Gary Clark Jr.
Friday, 10 July 2015

Passenger
Saturday, 11 July 2015

Chronixx
Sunday, 12 July 2015

George Ezra
Monday, 13 July 2015

Nick Mulvey
Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Angus & Julia Stone
Wednesday, 15 July 2015

James Bay
Thursday, 16 July 2015

Kwabs
Friday, 17 July 2015

Belle and Sebastian
Saturday, 18 July 2015

Jessie J
Sunday, 19 July 2015