as confusing as it seems, a photographic play of an artist investigating a ruin castle called “Valbelle”
The works on display is part of a clever play with deconstructed definitions of photography and concepts of ‘framing’ – ideologically and physical frames. The exhibit mimics a ‘museum’ explaining how the artist researched on ‘Valbelle’ a ruined castle, and how he seeked to restore its meaning through manipulated photographs, and image-making. The result is a sleek cohort of pictures, framed-within-frames, piecing together fragments of the castle’s history, it’s occupants and artefacts that survived the dawn of the French Republic. The artist obviously sees himself as playing a crucial role – as time-traveller, articulator, historian and discoverer (traditional roles of photography) through fabricated objects and cleverly ‘photoshoped’ images.
If part 1 is any gauge to go by, Part 2 is definitely worth catching.
8 of 10 stars
SG Private Banking Gallery, Alliance Francaise (1 Sarkies Rd)
till 22 Jan