Space Invaders: Exhibition in Brighton

This June I'm working with RIBA Sussex on an exhibition of my work at the Jubilee Library in Brighton. The theme is 'Space Invaders'.

Curated by RIBA Sussex chair and director at Conran & Partners, Paul Zara, and arts curator and writer Cara Courage, my images have been paired with those of some guest photographers to investigate the way in which people use (and misuse) architecture and the built environment; architecture as the backdrop to life. The guest photographers include John Maclean, Andy Spain, Anita Barrett, Darren O'Brien, Paul Russell, Rob Gifford, Heidi Kuisma and Sahil Lodha. The printing of the exhibition is kindly sponsored by Spectrum.

The exhibition will run from Monday 13th June to Sunday 26th June, with a Private View opening on Wednesday 15th. If you'd like to come to the Private View, please email Paul Zara on paul.zara@conran.com

10 different themes were chosen, and images were paired within those themes. The themes included

A Place To...

Perform
Make a Home
Misuse
Find Some Shade
Finish
Play
Pose
Photograph
Practice
and Relax

From Cara Courage...

SPACE INVADERS is an exploration of the inter-relation between the human and the built, both equal actors in the lived experience and in a symbiotic relation where the one is re-worked by the other in continuous loop. It is a celebration of who we are and where we are, space and place as a stage to our lives, a theatre of our performed selves.

A Place to Perform - John MacLean

A Place to Perform - John MacLean

A Place to Perform - Jim Stephenson

A Place to Perform - Jim Stephenson

Through the eye of the photographer we are privy here to moments of reflection and repose; to intimate rites of life; to play and action; to rebellion and subversion.

We see the human form in miniscule scale to the infrastructure that enables living, weaving our life around its imposing structures. Conversely, we see the mark of the human personality against that seeming impermeable structured form that seeks to determine us, our vernacular articulations of the intimate self.

A Place to Make a Home - Darren O'Brien

A Place to Make a Home - Darren O'Brien

A Place to Make a Home - Jim Stephenson

A Place to Make a Home - Jim Stephenson

SPACE INVADERS is a deliberate act of the inclusion of the human and the stuff of human life in the architectural photography genre. Through its diptych pairings of images from Jim Stephenson and curated guest photographers, the images as a collection both celebrate architecture and the life that occurs in and around it and that in turn, changes it.

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