Exhibition – David Barnes’ ‘in Solution’ open now at Ffotogallery

Exhibition – David Barnes’ ‘in Solution’ open now at Ffotogallery

17 Oct 2016, Posted by kate_mercer in Cardiff, Community, In the news, Out & About

Heya folks,

This week’s post is actually all about another photographer – David Barnes. I have had the pleasure of working with David over the course of the last two years working on a number of threads within his practise. At long last, this week saw the opening of ‘in Solution‘ at Ffotogallery‘s Tuner House gallery in Penarth (Cardiff), seeing well over a hundred people attend the preview night.

The information for the exhibition is below taken from Ffotogallery’s website. Keep your eyes peeled on there and social media channels for updates about the artist-in-conversation event.

Hope you can make it,

Kate x


David Barnes – in solution

From ‘in solution’ © David Barnes / http://davidbarnes.info

15 October – 3 December 2016

Emerging from the economic and social fallout of the decline of the region’s heavy industries, communities in South Wales are re-defining themselves for a new future. However, old traditions and institutions persist along with particular rituals and behaviours.

David Barnes’ exhibition in solution captures some of the particularities, and peculiarities, of South Wales’ life. This new Ffotogallery commission, supported by the Arts Council of Wales and Caerphilly County Borough Council, reflects Barnes’ work over the last four years. As a continuation of his long-term preoccupation with life and history in the region, in solution explores the competing forces that can shape social identity and cultural change.

Barnes’ experimental approach to documentary connects disparate realms of experience, from the ritualised worlds of Freemasonry and similar organisations, to everyday life in rural settings and the globalised spaces of the factory or retail park. This is the first time a UK artist has been granted such long-term access to Masonic organisations and their meetings. Barnes mixes stills photography, video and collected objects to weave a rich, and at times surreal, tale about life in the South Wales Valleys and the areas bordering England.

David Drake, Ffotogallery’s Director, comments:

“David Barnes is a great storyteller, capturing both the strange and familiar. This exhibition offers a remarkable ‘insider’ perspective on some extraordinary practices that lie behind everyday reality in Wales”.

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