Facing East: Contemporary Landscape Photography from Baltic Areas
Mara Brasmane » Joakim Eskildsen » Ane Hjort Guttu » Margareta Klingberg » Ritva Kovalainen » Petter Magnússon » Herkki-Erich Merila » Riitta Päiväläinen » Marja Pirilä » Gatis Rozenfelds » Sanni Seppo » Jari Silomäki » Juha Suonpää » Olav Torgnesskar » Remigijus Treigys » John S. Webb »
Exhibition: 20 Nov 2004 – 22 Jan 2005
BD1 1SD Bradford
facing east: Contemporary Landscape Photography from Baltic Areas. A Touring Exhibition from text + work facing east, work by 16 artists, encompasses a range of aesthetic strategies and thematic concerns. Social change is marked in the landscape, for example, as logging denudes the Finnish forests, gardens are designed as recreation spaces for weekend leisure in Latvia, and the traditional Danish agricultural landscape fades into family memory as industrial scale farming takes over. Modern apartment blocks appear as exotic as Norwegian mountains caught in the play of sunlight, and everyday experience is informed in equal measure by weather reports, personal experience, and global news reporting. Contemporary landscape photography extends our view of our relation with land, challenges dominant aesthetics and subject-matter, questions image and identity. Facing East indicates the diversity of cultural histories, social themes and aesthetic approaches which characterise the region.