The PhotoParlour, FORMAT International Photography Festival 13th March – 12th April 2015

Artists: Anthony Carr, Melanie King, Jo Gane, Ky Lewis & Nettie Edwards

Unstable presents the work of five contemporary photographic artists, whose work is exhibited in a continual state of change rather than representing a permanent record. The exhibition features photographic works that are unfixed or heat sensitive, where the once captured image will fade away, challenging the permanence of the photograph and the photograph as evidence.

Light, the very thing that creates a photograph is also the thing that can destroy it. Visitors to the exhibition have the opportunity to interact with the work, so that it transforms gradually during the course of the exhibition. As visitors to the exhibition you are not only viewing the work but are also participating in its destruction, and can experience the frustration of not being able to go back in time as the images disappear from sight.

‘…the melancholy fact that, that though a photograph maybe ever so beautiful, it is but a transitory thing, and the chemicals of which it is composed are destined in a very short space of time to resolve themselves into air, and leave no trace behind them.’ ‘Benjamin Stone’s Collection of Photographs at the Conversazione’, Aris’s Birmingham Gazette, 1872.

Each of the artists exhibited within Unstable use their work to investigate loss, authenticity and the ephemeral quality of the photographic image. Through this work we shift our understanding of the medium of photography as record. [tribulant_slideshow gallery_id=”8″]