Emerging Contemporaries, our most recent exhibition, celebrates new work created by contemporary artists, who we have worked with since early in their careers.
This show, currently hanging in our ground floor gallery, surveys these photographers’ diverse creative responses to the fast-paced and constantly shifting world around them.
Lucas Foglia (b. 1983) is a photographer who has spent the last decade and a half documenting how humans interact with the fast-changing natural world. Influenced by his upbringing on a farm 30 miles outside of New York, Foglia felt shielded from the strip malls and suburbs which surrounded his home. His sensitivity to nature’s fragility and proximity set him on a journey across America, during which he engaged with networks of people who have chosen to create new lives off the grid.
In this series, A Natural Order, Foglia focussed on communities he encountered in the southeastern states, who are working towards more self-sufficient lifestyles. Whether motivated by environmental concerns, religious beliefs of predictions of economic collapse, the groups Foglia records are exploring responses to a perceived civilization on the brink of disaster.
Lucas Foglia’s work is included in the permanent collections of international institutions including the International Center of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, FOAM museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His collaborations include journalistic projects with National Geographic Magazine and the New
York Times Magazine, and non-profit work for Sierra Club and the Nature Conservancy. In 2019, Foglia was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet.
Yamatani Yusuke (b. 1985) is a Japanese photographer who describes his work as developing out of the shi-shashin (‘I-photography’) tradition of intimate, confessional art. Echoing Araki, who coined the term almost half a century earlier, Yamatani’s series Rama Lama Ding Dong (2015) illustrates his honeymoon journey across Japan. Travelling with their tent and clothes in hand, the new couple voyage from Hokkaidō in the extreme north down to the southern island of Kyūshū.
In 2015, when Yamatani became a father, his photography recorded the commencement of this new phase of his life. Into the Light (2017) was inspired by lonely walks around his neighbourhood in the middle of the night, having been woken by the baby. A dawning domestic sensibility made Yamatani curious about the lives of others taking place in the dark homes around him, and he started experimenting with infrared photography and its penetrative connotations.
Yusuke Yamatani has shown internationally, in cities including New York, London, Paris and Hong Kong. He is the author of five photobooks.
Jean Curran (b. 1981) is an Irish artist who has achieved acclaim for her luminous dye transfer prints. Her practise is a work of editing and re-presentation that appropriates key scenes from iconic films to reveal the cinematographic artistry of the film in a fresh and novel way.
For her series The Vertigo Project (2019), Curran worked with the full cooperation of the Hitchcock estate to select twenty still images from the hundreds of thousands of frames that make up the film. Working from a rare Technicolor dye imbibition print of the film from 1958, Curran painstakingly reconstructed the sequentially registered layers of colour to echo the original dye transfer process by which the movie was made.
This series has been displayed in London and New York.