Strange places: urban landscape photography

Stara, Alexandra [Curator of an exhibition] (2009) Strange places: urban landscape photography. Strange places: urban landscape photography. , 30 Sep - 21 Nov 2009 , Kingston-upon-Thames, U.K..


Whether gazing at ambiguous thresholds on the edges of the city, or tracing liminal spaces in its centre, these photographs explore themes of place, identity, boundaries and the uneasy encounter between land and built environment. The images do not capture urban life as action, but meditate on the spaces where it unfolds. What arises from this observation of traces and aftermath is a poetic quality hinting at the potential beauty of the most unlikely places. The ideas behind Strange Places are drawn from both photographic discourses and emerging ideas of alternative urbanism. In the realm of recent cultural and urban theory, scholars have argued for a broadening of our intellectual stance and range of media for engaging with the modern urban phenomenon. Simultaneously, a growing body of photographic land- and cityscapes has challenged established definitions and categories, in an attempt to represent the richness and ambiguity of our late modern notion of place. The artists represented in this show have been attracted to the blurred boundaries and surprising intersections of culture and nature, fact and fiction, private and public, to produce work that reveals complex modes of inhabitation, appropriation, alienation and destruction. Featured artists: Sabine Bitter/Helmut Weber (b.1960/1957, Austria); Rut Blees Luxemburg (b.1967, Germany); Hannah Collins (b.1956, UK); Ori Gersht (b.1967, Israel); Steffi Klenz (b.1979, Germany); Sze Tsung Leong (b.1970, Mexico); Mark Power (b.1959, UK); Xavier Ribas (b.1960, Spain); Heidi Specker (b.1962, Germany); Thomas Weinberger (b.1964, Germany); Rachel Wilberforce (b.1975, UK).

Item Type: Exhibition
Event Title: Strange places: urban landscape photography
Additional Information: The exhibition Strange Places: Urban Landscape Photography featured 11 international artists working with photography and curated by Dr Alexandra Stara. It was shown at the Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, 30 September – 21 November 2009. Related Events: Wed 30 Sept Curator’s Talk 6pm / Exhibition Launch 6.30-8.30pm Wed 7 Oct, Wed 21 Oct; Wed 18 Nov, 12.30-1.30pm Artists in conversation with the Curator Tues 10 Nov, 6.30pm Strange Places: Photography as Alternative Urbanism debate at the Architecture Foundation, chaired by the curator and featuring artists, architects and theorists (for details see
Physical Location: This book is held in stock at Kingston University Library.
Research Area: Architecture and the built environment
Art and design
History of art, architecture and design
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (until 2017) > School of Architecture and Landscape
Depositing User: Alexandra Stara
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2011 11:02
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2012 09:53

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