lorenzo vitturi: dalston anatomy 25 july – 19 october 2014

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[from the press release]

 
the pho­tog­ra­phers’ gallery presents the first major uk solo exhi­bi­tion of ital­ian artist loren­zo vitturi’s acclaimed body of work dal­ston anato­my.

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first pub­lished as a book in 2013, this mul­ti-faceted project cen­tres around east london’s rid­ley road mar­ket. as a local res­i­dent vit­turi wit­nessed the com­mu­ni­ty, econ­o­my and the very make-up of this street mar­ket being trans­formed at an accel­er­at­ing pace. the project stems from his copul­sion to col­lect and dis­till the area’s dis­tinc­tive nature before it is gen­tri­fied beyond recog­ni­tion.

dalston1vit­turi began cre­at­ing makeshift sculp­tures in his stu­dio from objects found in the mar­ket includ­ing fruits, veg­eta­bles, fab­rics and mis­cel­la­neous tokens and trin­kets. some objects were used as found, oth­ers left to mature or rot and some doused with pig­ment. the objects were arranged into var­i­ous com­po­si­tions and set against the back­drop of dis­card­ed mar­ket mate­ri­als. pho­tographed before, and occa­sion­al­ly after their col­lapse, the ephemer­al­i­ty of these struc­tures mir­rors the dai­ly rhythm of the mar­ket.

the still-lives are accom­pa­nied by street scenes and por­traits of peo­ple he encoun­tered on his dai­ly walks. some of these pho­tographs are includ­ed as straight im
ages while oth­ers are used as sur­faces to be lay­ered with objects and re-pho­tographed.

for his exhi­bi­tion vit­turi will draw on his back­ground as a cin­e­ma set painter and design­er to com­bine pho­tog­ra­phy, instal­la­tion and sculp­ture. lift­ing mate­ri­als direct­ly from the mar­ket stalls into the gallery, vit­turi will recon­fig­ure them to cre­ate a unique space which func­tions as a sculp­tur­al work in its own right.

dal­stodalston2n anato­my will fea­ture over thir­ty images which will either be direct­ly adhered to the wall, placed on shelves or hung on bespoke mount­ing pan­els made from reclaimed mate­ri­als. in addi­tion to the images, the exhi­bi­tion will also include three sculp­tur­al pieces which recall the mar­ket stalls and tem­po­rary makeshift objects as well as the cul­tur­al diver­si­ty and pre­car­i­ous con­di­tion of the chang­ing neigh­bour­hood.

the pho­tographs merge with the struc­tures to set the scene for thoughts and ideas around cre­ation, con­sump­tion and preser­va­tion. also includ­ed as part of the instal­la­tion is a poem by sam berk­son. orig­i­nal­ly com­mis­sioned for the book, it lay­ers frag­ments of con­ver­sa­tion from the mar­ket to anchor the pho­tographs.

loren­zo vit­turi said: dal­ston anato­my is a visu­al ode to dal­ston, as a unique place where dif­fer­ent cul­tures merge togeth­er in a cel­e­bra­tion of life, diver­si­ty and unstop­pable ener­gy. i felt com­pelled to cap­ture this place at its rawest and most beau­ti­ful with all its flaws and smells before it too is trans­formed and dis­ap­pears alto­geth­er, as time moves ever for­ward.


also on at the gallery, from 1 august — 19 octo­ber 2014:

primrose: early colour photography in russia’.

this exhi­bi­tion will present “a ret­ro­spec­tive of colour exper­i­ments and devel­op­ments in russ­ian pho­tog­ra­phy over the course of a cen­tu­ry. in trac­ing these advance­ments the exhi­bi­tion also moves through the social his­to­ry of rus­sia itself.

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prim­rose will fea­ture over 140 works, many nev­er before seen in the uk, span­ning the 1860s through to the 1980s. these will be arranged in five chrono­log­i­cal sec­tions, each look­ing at dif­fer­ent peri­ods and their pre­vail­ing pho­to­graph­ic aes­thet­ics. the exhi­bi­tion will include works by dmitri bal­ter­mants, sergei mikhailovich, prokudin-gorsky, alexan­der rod­chenko, ivan sha­gin, and boris mikhailov among oth­ers.”

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