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Posing as a subject amongst subjects

On the surface, the work of Michelle Deignan in “Posing as a subject amongst subjects” is a look at botany, documents of a controlled, trimmed beauty. The ideal, the photogenic, the well-presented; these are framed, packaged and handed back to us.

 “Nikola” (2011), All rights reserved: Michelle Deignan/Maria Stenfors

In the simultaneous production-consumption bind of “Tuesday blooms” and the back-to-back double projection of “Journey to An Absolute Vantage Point”, however, there is an uneasy separation. Mutually exclusive stories exist, separate but supportive, and questionably dependent on each other.

Deignan’s work takes on the construction and easy acceptance of imagery’s presentation, the swallowed syntax and now unspoken tricks that are accepted as the normal mode of address. Her moving image and photographic work draws on elements of the documentary and nightly news programmes, placing them slightly askew, or more prominently on an audiovisual pedestal, to make them more than a bit self-conscious of their apparent authority. They speak, both explicitly and evidently, of their own inception and construction.

“Journey to an absolute vantage point” (2009) Still from Two channel HD video installation, All rights reserved: Michelle Deignan/Maria Stenfors

We are placed as a questionable audience, or maybe a walk-in guest, to something akin to a multimedia editing room, piecing together the disparate contrived performances taking place in front of us.

But her real protagonist may be the casual holiday snapper, who by taking the photo has placed themselves within a matrix of viewership and receivership, apparently choosing their delightful shots from an individual free will, while at the same time the perpetuator of a pre-determined set of postcard images.

 “Journey to an absolute vantage point” (2009) Still from Two channel HD video installation, All rights reserved: Michelle Deignan/Maria Stenfors

The exhibition runs from 16 September to 22 October 2011.

Gallery opening hours: Tuesday – Friday 11am-6pm, Saturdays 11am-3pm or by appointment.

 

 

 

 

MARIA STENFORS
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London WC1X 0HF
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