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Photography: Digital, C-type, Manipulated, Color on Paper.
Kaleidoscope (2016) is a new departure for the British artist Gina Soden. Known for her evocative photographs of abandoned buildings that breathe beauty into decay, her new series breaks into abstract terrain.
Just as a kaleidoscope operates on the principle of multiple reflections, so too do these prints. Soden has flipped, inverted and rotated fragments of her own images of various spaces and architectural components – from tiles to antennas and from ceilings to staircases. The new series signals a departure for Soden since her normal practice is to show a situation in its whole, so much so that we feel we were there with her on the discovery. In these prints our position is completely different, instead we are plunged in to the middle of something and have to work backwards to orientate ourselves. They demand endless enquiry and searching for forms.
This is a Kaleidoscopic image of the ferris wheel in Pripyat in Chernobyl, which was at the epicentre of the catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The Pripyat amusement park was an upcoming amusement park. It was to be opened on May 1, 1986, in time for the May Day celebrations but the plans were interrupted when the accident occured. The park was opened for a couple of hours on April 27 to keep the city people entertained before the announcement to evacuate the city was made.
Digital Archival Prints, 70 x 71 cm on Somerset Satin Enhanced 330 gsm
Signed and numbered on the front
Edition of 50
Prints produced by Jealous Gallery
Size: 28 W x 27.6 H x 0 in
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